Saturday, May 28, 2011

Spiders...metal and otherwise. I just don't understand.

Some things I don't understand.

I bought this copper spider and spider web years...and I mean
MANY years....before Jacob showed his interest in collecting
tarantulas. It appealed to me and I'm not sure why. 
Actually, I have two.

The other one isn't as coppery cool as this one but, nonetheless,
I willing and gladly purchased it at some art fair.

This one has been hanging in a window on my back porch
for more years than I can remember.

You know how things hang around so long that you don't really
see them anymore?  Well, today I really looked at it. And 
admired it. And was surprised in a way that I hadn't notice
this phenomenon before.   Who started collecting spiders first?
Me or Jacob?

I've never had an urge to own a live spider. I admire the
beauty of some of Jacob's tarantulas. I really do. But I don't
want to hold them and feed them like he does.

But I was surprised at myself. Why had I purchased these so
many years before my Jacob started on his hobby of
tarantula collecting? I wonder if they had some subtle influence
on him as he grew up? 

Or had I myself tapped into something that I unconsciously 
knew I would respond favorably to in my future and share
with my grandson Jacob?

I stared at his sculpture and tried to understand it.
I tried to analyze why I was drawn enough to it to
pay someone for it and hang it in my window.

I couldn't really pinpoint it exactly. 
Why not a frog or a bird?

If I figure it out, I'll let you know.
Until then....well, I guess there are just
some things I don't understand.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Friendly Tarantulas

This summer my grandson Jacob and I are
going on an out of state adventure involving
his tarantula-loving hobby.

I plan on blogging about our adventure here.

We both are looking forward to it.
I find his hobby unique and cool and I've learned
so much about these beautiful creatures. 

But no....I haven't touched one yet.

Even though this one pictured is extremely docile and
easy to handle, I'd really rather just take pictures of it.
And be a cheerleader and enthusiastic person who
enjoys watching someone like Jacob learn and grow and 
have fun with his very unique hobby.

But I really and truly do find them 
to be beautiful creatures and uniquely individual
as we are.