The day I slammed a spider WITH MY BARE HANDS



I love those moments where the presence of your children makes you a bigger, braver adult. Like when we got into the car the other morning (already late for school), and Mr M&P started shrieking LIKE A GIRL and bouncing around the car whacking his head, his sister and also kicking me in the shoulder.

More shrieks and squeals. “SPIDER!” was all I could manage to decipher.

Louder. “SPIDER!” With finger pointing. Miss F joined in.

Shrieking, (in unison), “SPIDER!”

Now with both of them bouncing around and a general PANIC setting in, I looked at the medium-sized brown spider and knew that IT WAS UP TO ME TO DO SOMETHING.

I hate those moments. I much prefer to leave myself at the mercy of others, but I’ve found over the years of being a parent that quite often, the buck actually does stop with me.

Worried that the general pandemonium would scare the damn thing off and cause him to scurry somewhere hidden (rendering the car unusable), it occurred to me that not only did I have to do something, but I needed to do something FAST.

Marching around I flung open Mr M&P’s door, leant in and looked for a whacker. For once they hadn’t left a single shoe in the car. So with no weapon to be found, I realised that I was going to have to whack the poor little fella with my hand. Taking a breath and claiming calm I smashed him. Twice.

The shrieks continued, “Ewwwwwwwww!” But the tone had changed. The panic was mixed with a grudging admiration for the awesomeness of their mum.

And I was quite proud of myself. Never, ever would I have done that if the kids weren’t there.

And it occurred to me that quite often they make me into a better person.

And you? What’s a recent feat of awesome that you’ve done on behalf of your kids?

15 Responses so far »

  1. 1

    Nicole said,

    Spiders have there place in our Eco-system. Was killing it really necessary ?! My kids (& they’re only 2 & 5) would have helped me move it, no way would they have wanted it dead.

  2. 4

    Belinda said,

    YOU are SO AWESOME!!!!!!
    I was in the garden the other night shrieking and jumping around because the plant I was dividing was FULL of black spiders, no heroics, and no whacker… but I survived!!

  3. 5

    Alissa said,

    There is a time for shifting spiders (when my Dad is there to do it!), but when it comes to kids and spiders and cars – a quick squish is the best way! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’d squish a daddy long legs bare handed, but I’m not sure about any other kind.
    Kids always make me want to be better a better person.

    • 6

      wendyblume said,

      There is absolutely no way I would have done it if they weren’t there! And possibly my re-enactment photo might be exaggerating the spider size just a tiny bit. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  4. 7

    mhosgen said,

    I’m not a fan of creepy crawlies either and when my 2yr old started carrying on and discovering a cockroach running round the family room, with hubby away I knew I was going to have to suck it up! But I can’t squash things, I don’t like the ‘squish’ factor and I don’t spray, I don’t like the chemical factor, so I had to implement a catch and release! After 2 false starts I managed it, but gee I hate them and I swear I could hear its evil laughter as I hurled it into the garden, but hey at least it was out not in… For now!

  5. 8

    Ann said,

    You are my hero, I would have grabbed my 4yo and left the car. I HATE spiders and anyone who can kill them without a whacker is my hero.

  6. 9

    Natural New Age Mum said,

    you are like super-mum !! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. 12

    becky mcclure said,

    Amazing!! Outside the bugs have free reign…but enter my house at your own peril. Spiders dont last long and ive gone from being a terrified pomme who would run out of the room at the slight glimpse of a spider to a brave mumma ๐Ÿ™‚ most the time. You never know what type of spider it is…dont want to risk getting a bite!
    Well done you! Bet your kids told all their mates that you saved the day!!

  8. 13

    fiona said,

    Sorry, but I’m with Nicole on this one. Firstly, live and let live. Secondly, your re-enforcing your kids’ fear and intolerance. I’m scared of spiders too, but killing them is not the answer. Move them back into their natural environment. Mother earth will thank you! It’s all karma! Showing respect is the best way I know how to be a better person.

  9. 15

    jennifer said,

    dammit….I would have grabbed the kids and then sprayed the inside of the car till with mortein until it was a white cloud…opening the car the next day to find the HUGE hairy corpse

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