Here’s a repeat of a story that first appeared in the TOG Lounge about a year or so ago.
You’ve heard of the spider dance, right?
It’s a primeval condition of human nature to do a little, but panicky, jig after walking into a spider web. That moment of sheer terror. You wave your arms about, hop from foot to foot, look left, look right, look over your back, slap your hair wildly with both hands and stare manically at anyone who can tell you exactly where it is.
It seems to me that no matter who we are, or where we’re from, we all do the exact same dance.
I didn’t know cats did it too.
For the last few days we’ve had a huntsman spider visit us. The novelty has worn off as they aren’t uncommon in our bushland home . We have adequate fly screens so there’s not much for the wayward spider to eat. If I don’t pack them up and walk them outside they will disappear or die a hungry death. Occasionally, they’ll be eaten by any one or all three of our cats.
I walked into our bedroom to find these three cats lined up against the wall waiting for the spider to come down and play. Obligingly, I used a small paintbrush to push it off the wall.
It landed on Mycroft.
He did a spider dance.
It only lasted about 10 seconds but to him it must have been an eternity. He ran backward a little, forward a little, shook his head madly, shook his tail and paws, spun around and generally panicked. He backed away from it when it fell on the ground.
Anyway, a few moments later I returned to the room to see all three cats staring at the wardrobe.
SWMBO’s side of the wardrobe.
I debated whether to tell her. What sort of trouble will I be in now?
Later I told her the story and she freaked. It’s all my fault, naturally. Now she needs to shake clothes out when she pulls them from the wardrobe but she’ll never really know if there’s a spider hiding.
I await another spider dance, this time from SWMBO.