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The Good Morning Spider
The Good Morning Spider

I find myself these past few days hungry for any diversion that lets me leave “this mortal coil” and pretend to be some place and some time other than the one Fate or Providence has provided. And this jumping spider, when he moved briskly from the upper right corner of the window as a pulled down the top sash, was a convenient companion. He greets me every morning now for a month. I had no idea they lived so long or were so territorial. Thanks, Spidey, for the chat. I needed that.

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. No thanks.
    You can keep the spiders. We have a close friend, whose daughter is serving in the USO in Iraq. We have been told, and seen photos of something called a camel spider, that lives in Iraq. Not a spider that you want to find in your window sash……………:(

    give Tsuga a big bone
    Take care


  2. Fred
    I too have the mother of all spiders living in my office window. She does really well there and everyday there is murder and wrapping going on.

    Do they die in winter or hibernate?

  3. I saw the sparkliest, dew-covered web in the city rose garden this morning. I immediately thought of your wonderful spider web photos and wished I had my camera to try to imitate you.
    I’m sorry this mortal coil has you so down at the moment, Fred. I hope, like fish and visitors, gloom must leave within three days. If it doesn’t, try a major change of scene, like Knoxville, or the coast, or just a road trip, my favorite distraction.