Casey was supposed to be in the bath and Jack was drying off after his (too) quick shower. Pat and I were trying to have one of those things called an uninterrupted conversation in the kitchen. Jack came in to the kitchen jabbering about a spider. Casey was yelling from the bathroom that she KNEW it was a spider because it had 8 legs and she had just learned all about that in school.
Is it in the bathtub with you Casey? No, then take your bath. Jack, go get your clothes on. I told them spiders eat other bugs and to leave it alone. I don't normally let spiders live in my house so that they'll eat other bugs, but I thought it would get the kids to move on.
Jack did not get his clothes on but went to investigate the spider. He came back and told me that it is having babies. I didn't believe this because I've watched Charlotte's Web and I know that spiders put all their eggs in a sack until they're ready to come out (hatch?). I wondered what would make him say she was having babies...did he see a sack somewhere?
The adult conversation was going no where. Casey was still only halfway into the bathtub. Finally I decided to kill the spider. I told the kids they were wimps and went off with some paper towels to get the big bad spider. I believe Pat mocked my non-chalant attitude.
Oooh...yes, that is a very big spider in the bathroom. Oh, and there are tiny little spiders all over the bathroom floor aka babies. The kids informed me that mama spider was under Casey's bath towel that didn't quite get hung on the hook like it should. I pick up the towel and shake several more babies out of the towel onto the floor and squish them. Casey was very concerned that I might make her use that towel after her bath. Not a chance...straight to the washing machine with it to drown any baby spiders that might have hung on.
That mama spider was so big I decided that Pat could take care of her. As he squished her more baby spiders came out. I really thought they were supposed to be in sacs!
I'm pretty sure we got them all but I'll be checking a few more times before I go to sleep tonight. Casey summed it up well, "So next time we tell you there's a spider, you just kill it...PLEASE!"
Post Script - Casey came home from school with only one of her earrings. She was very distraught. Cried about it every time she thought of her earrings. We went to put new ones in tonight and I tossed the single one that had lost its mate. I was determined to not keep random earrings around for "some day when we might find the other earring." I tossed it right into the garbage can with the paper towels containing all sorts of squished spider parts.
As soon as Casey got into bed tonight, she found the lost earring. It hadn't been lost at school. I got to dig through the garbage can of spider parts for its mate. New policy - we'll be keeping lost earrings for at least one move from after the time it is lost.