Sunday, September 28, 2008

You will all think I am absolutely crazy, but really, I'm not! The day after the kids and I got back from our summer vacation, July 5th, Aaron caught the kids a really cool...kinda creepy spider. The reason we liked him was because he had a smiley face on his back. Noah named him Lenny. Well, we have been caring for Lenny ever since...some of you have probably seen Lenny's little home at our house and think we are crazy. It started out that Aaron would catch lots of garden spiders for him to eat every day, but soon all of the neighborhood kids heard about Lenny and took an interest and started to catch him food and bring it to me every day. (I have to interject...we once put an ant in his home for Lenny to eat, but the ant was a beast and even ate one of Lenny's legs off before we got him out of there!!) Everybody loved Lenny...Noah would even sleep with Lenny's little home by him in bed. After a while, Lenny made a crazy little sac in the corner that he lived in and hardly ever came out of, except to eat. Aaron destroyed it one day to see what Lenny would do. Well, he built another one. We noticed that Lenny looked really skinny one day and we got worried that he wasn't eating enough or that his diet wasn't adequate for him. But then, today, we saw that Lenny was extra fat...and all the spiders in his home were eaten. Yea!! But here is where our cute little story ends. In my haste to clean the kitchen counters, I accidentally knocked Lenny's home onto the ground...which has happened a lot...the kids used to take him with them everywhere. But we think that since Lenny was so fat from having eaten so much, that he just kinda exploded. I shouted, "Oh my gosh...I killed Lenny!!" in jest, but really it was true. I feel soooo soooo soooo soooo bad! The kids were really upset and Arwen even cried. After the kids went to bed I noticed Lenny still on the counter and told Aaron to dispose of him. As Aaron was opening him up and poking at Lenny's home, we noticed LOTS of tiny little Lenny babies, alive and walking around. Lenny was a GIRL! I still feel so horrible about killing the family "pet," but maybe, just maybe we can make a few new pets. The only problem is that they have to eat food that is as small as them. Petco sells wingless fruit flies and so, we will try that! (Don't even ask how much 50-100 fruit flies costs...) Here's a picture of what Lenny looked like.

So this is my ode to Lenny. "You were a good, happy spider. All the kids around loved you. I'm sorry I killed you. We will try and keep your babies alive." Sniff, sniff.
(You know what? Last night I totally had a dream that Lenny had babies and then somehow five of them got loose and were crawling in my house and one was even in my bed. I DID NOT like Lenny much in my dream! Prophetic dream though, huh...too bad I can't have them about my babies!!)

12 comments:

Amber and The Boys said...

Oh my word. That is SO disgusting! Sorry Lenny died. :(

Pricilla said...

okay that is soooo creepy! You guys crack me up. I assume that picture was before the leg was lost? Actually, that is pretty cool that you had a pet that didn't make messes. So now I am really curious how much fruit flies cost. I hope the babies make it, that is so Charlette's Web. yeah, my skin is crawling now!

sarsosari said...

My skin crawls too to think about spiders!! I just grew to love Lenny after a while...that and him being locked in a container helped a lot!! 50-100 fruit flies cost $27!! Ridiculous...maybe we should just let the babies go outside and let them try to fend for their own lives...

AmyB said...

I hope none of the babies got lost in the mean time on your floor. You are a little crazy... :)We had a spider that lived between the panes of our window that we would watch every morning but I never let it in the house. We named "him" Spidey.

Danielle and the Boys said...

ughughughughugh....GROOOOSSSSS!!! Just in case Larkin is wanting to share, Ethan does NOT need any pets. :)

meghan said...

Poor lenny!

Grandma Carrot said...

Oh man...that is so creepy! I HATE spiders! You guys are so funny! I agree with Pricilla...it reminds me of Charlotte's Web. Poor Lenny. I can't believe you bought fruit flies. Crazy!

sarsosari said...

We actually rethought the fruit flies...we let the babies go yesterday for FHE. What are the odds they will survive...I'll just have to pretend!!

aarastas said...

The plan is to let the babies "grow up" outside and let the kid's keep and eye out for them...when they are grown up we'll find one of "Lenny's" babies and keep it as a pet again. The only potential problem is that I haven't ever seen another Bold Jumping Spider (that's what Lenny was) out in the yard. But We figure if there was one there will be another... some day, especially with all the kids (and the neighborhood kids) keeping watch for Lenny's babies to grow up.

Wendy N Collins said...

You've probably looked it up but don't most mommy spiders die when they have babies? You probably didn't kill her, poor Sarah.

AmyB said...

I will send you one in the mail. That type of spider is all over out here. As a matter of fact that is the same spider I said lived in the window. They love my car for some reason and jump out all the time when I open the door ! By the way I was just teasing...don't watch the mail for a spider anytime soon :)

jjcrew said...

EWWWWW!!!! Where did you find that spider?? What kind is it? You're not crazy, you're amazing. I would never agree to have a spider in my home. But then again, Jared hates them more than me, so he'd never catch one for us to begin with.