Thursday in the daylight, I looked again to assure it wasn't a fake. It is the season of spiderwebs and plastic spooks. Again, as alive as anything else I've seen sharing the air in the yard.
Friday a tornado swept through the area with seventy mile an hour winds. I thought nothing of the spider and worried that my little babies were carried out to Oz while walking from her school to the subway.
Saturday the weather was gorgeous. It was the right amount of breeziness and sunshine to hang laundry outside to dry and I had blankets to clean. So, there I was in the yard once again and noticed this giant spider hanging out in the same space between the neighbor and us on the fence, waiting on its web.
It was then that I took the photo at the top of these words. Now, even the infrequent visitor of this page of Bitchy Loquacious Online Grumbling will understand that a theme in my life and in my head is immobility. So, while I consider all the things I've done in my life to stay exactly where I have been for forty two years, I see this little arachnid who is the epitome of immobility. Steadfast, not only weathering the storm, but given the opportunity to leave once it's over, he stayed. He's there reaping the benefit of the sunlight on the web he spun in circles to remain in the same place he had been for - well for as long as I've known him to be.
I'm reminded of a friend's words who told me very plainly one day, 'If you can keep breathing, then so can i.' It's quite a different viewpoint, but i think there is a correlation here. If this creature can be still while he awaits the benefits coming to that which he spun, then so too can i, even if it means i have to dig in to weather a storm in the interim.