Being An Arachnophobe

Dear Jerry,

I am terrified of spiders. I hate them and I am convinced that they hate me too. Fear of spiders is what arachnophobia means. That is what I have. Most people have ophidiophobia, which is fear of snakes. I know I do not. Anyway, whenever I see a spider, I usually kill it, and every time I get one on me, I yell and whack at it until it falls off or dies. I do not know why I am afraid of them, I just always have been. One reason I hate spiders is because they have a psychic ability to build their webs at exactly the place where your face will pass through while mowing the lawn or such. Walking through a spider web is really not a very pleasant experience. The web has a way of wrapping around your head in such a way as to leave it’s occupant on your face. Not the most pleasant of experiences. Especially if the spider is large. Walking through a web is something that has always made me scream. I have walked through three of them before. Each time my dislike for spiders multiplied exponentially.
My first encounter with a large spider was not a pleasant one. I found a large wolf spider in the bathroom. At night around midnight. Everybody was asleep except me. I went to the bathroom to get a drink or something. I turned on the light and there it sat. A wolf spider in the middle of the floor. Wolf spiders are fairly large. They are about as big as an adults hand when the spiders legs are stretched. Wolf spiders are also venomous, so I had no desire to let capture it and let it go outside. I went and got a basketball from my room and ran back to the bathroom. Ready, aim, fire! I dropped the basketball on the spider and killed it. What I did not know is that female wolf spider mothers carry their young on their back. This spider was a female. And a mother. With young on her back. They scattered all over the bathroom. Springing into action I stomped those babies dead. A spider apocalypse was averted, but I would never be the same. I have never liked spiders but this encounter made my fearful of spiders.
So, I guess even a guy can have a fear that seems silly. I don’t think it is bad to be scared of something. The thing is, don’t let that fear control you. Control your fear. I don’t mean to come off all philosophical on you, but it is true. Spiders may seem small an insignificant to you, but not to me. Likewise snakes may terrify you, but not me.




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