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I Hate Spiders - except Harvey, Steve, and Alfred

Updated on October 9, 2012
Spiders creep me out so much that a cartoon is all I can bear to post!  Source:Photobucket
Spiders creep me out so much that a cartoon is all I can bear to post! Source:Photobucket


For a time, I lived in a large house in Virginia with a number of other girls. It was an old house used to house park interns and the like. I was there along with a classmate as we completed biology research for the national park service. There are a few critters that stand out in my mind as being abundant. The mice I studied. The deer and groundhogs were rather amusing. The snakes I loved. The spiders I really could have done without. I am terrified of spiders. I always have been. Just thinking about them gives me the creeps. Except for three.


Harvey was the first. Under the refrigerator. Then came Steve. In that small gap between the stove and the wall. And finally Alfred. Al, for short. In the windowsill behind the sink.

Harvey was also the largest of the spiders. The size of a quarter. Or larger? I was not about to get close enough to measure. And furry. And boldest by far. Venturing out frequently from his home under the fridge. Sometimes clear into the middle of the kitchen. Once, right over the top of my bare foot! Oh, Harvey! How dare you be so bold! And smart. He knew when you were looking. One glance and he would freeze. Or quickly sneak back to his home. But he never stayed in for good. A social critter? Or perhaps just curious.

Steve was a more mellow feller. Just hanging out. A small web by the stove. But don’t confuse this with Steve being small. Oh no. He was large enough to command attention. And deserve a name. He never really ventured out. Content to observe from his post. But still I kept tabs on him. Just to make sure he was still there. One spider on my foot was plenty.

And good old Alfred. Al appeared one day in the kitchen window. I believe my classmate Heather pointed him out. A fairly substantial web. Right behind the sink. Fantastic. A perfect sight while washing dishes. And so Alfred was named. And watched. I occasionally said hello and whatnot to Al. To pass the time. And calm my nerves! Like Steve, Al never really seemed to have anywhere to go. At least not in the daytime.

And there they were. Harvey, Steve, and Alfred. My terrifying roommates. Only not so terrifying once named. Once I got to know them. And as long as they remained put and well behaved. Their webs were never disturbed on cleaning day. They were never evicted or squished. At least not while I was there.

I do not know what became of my furry eight-legged friends. My time in that house was temporary. Odd as it might seem, they will always be one of my fondest memories of my experience living in Virginia.


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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I loved this story. For me it is mice and rats but that is a story for another day. Great job relating an everyday occurrence and how we can adjust to the smallest of things that seem to have such a large effect on us.

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      Barnsey 5 years ago from Happy Hunting Grounds

      I had a spider fetish as a kid and even as an adult I am reluctant to do them harm. Ever had you're head laid back, looking up at the sky or ceiling and have a small spider crawl swiftly across you're open eyeball? Freaky!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      No, can't say I've had that happen and it would be freaky for sure!

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      SopranoRocks 5 years ago from Upper Peninsula, Michigan, USA

      Cute HUB :) I love what we call Jumping Spiders and Daddy Longlegs. Not sure true names of them but played with them gently as kids. If I see them today I let them alone and share my space with them. The scary looking spiders I have to flush - any that look like they will bite me. I love mice and would never kill one. Snakes creep me out though I loved garter/garden snakes (we called them either) when I was little - small enough for kid hands :)

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Bill, no offense, but I find the thought of you shying away from rodents to be amusing. I have two pet rats. And I love them. To me they are just like kittens! Is it the tails? Everyone hates the tails. :)

      Barnsey, No spiders anywhere near my eyes! Yikes! And I would never kill one. I can't bring myself to do it. I think because of some irrational fear that his freinds will retalliate.

      Soprano, no flushing for me either. Again with the irrational fear. What if he crawls back out! Any spider that is not welcome to stay gets escorted out on whatever I can find to keep him away from me until i can get him outside. A cup and a piece of paper generally do the trick. Lucky for me I do not have an irrational fear that they will come back in!

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      Sherri 5 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      What a neat experience, beautifully told. I just sailed through your words! I happen to be fascinated with spiders. But when they are in my house I catch and release them (wrote a hub about that a while ago). One, though, I kept. It was what SopranoRocks calls a 'jumping' spider. Not only did I keep it, I trained it. Now, you've inspired me for the second time today...I think I better write that little spider story.

      Loved the title of this hub. Voted up and funny!

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Thanks Sally's Trove! Funny I should hear from you today. Saw a big furry spider above the cabinet in my kitchen this morning. Too high for me to scoop up and put out. Considering the name Jeff. And now he has disappeard! I cannot believe you trained a spider! Even capitve spideys freak me out. Yet I just spent a little while petting my pet rats. To each her own i guess!...

      Looking forward to your furture hubs.

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      diogenes 5 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Back at ya, spider woman!

      Now I know why you visited my hub, you had pet spiders.

      Evidently, many people do have spiders in the house whom they name and get to like.

      Spiders rarely harm anyone they perceive as not wanting to harm them. I find most wild creatures have this ability.

      Good luck on HP, I am going to follow you.

      Bob

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      Dana Strang 5 years ago from Ohio

      Bob. Thanks for reading! Yup. I had my little pets for a while. As much as I am afraid of spiders (completely irrational I know) I am fascinated by them too. Looking forward to seeing you around hubpages.

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      India Arnold 4 years ago from Northern, California

      I really enjoyed this hub--spiders have long been my nemesis. Your encounters with Steve, Harvey and Alfred are amusing enough to make me smile about spiders, and that's saying something! I see a fun future for you on HubPages!

      Welcome to the community!

      Cheers~

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      K9keystrokes - Spiders seem to be a popular foe. I dont know if its all those legs, or the way they move, or the webs. They really crrep me out!

      Thank you for the welcome. I am enjoying hubpages very much. One of these days I will get the guts to branch out, but for now I am having a blast and meeting great people.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Loved this! I had a spider called Fred who lived in my kitchen, I was so upset when he got squished by my friend! I actually had a go at her! lol! I did the vote thing and noticed that most people are scared of more snakes than spiders! that surprised me! then again, I live in England, so hardly any snakes! lol!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Oh No! Poor Fred!!

      I have a healthy respect for snakes, but I love them! My poor older brother lives in Florida and is tormented by Cottonmouths in his yard. Four already this year I think. Scary for him cuz he has been bitten once last year and he has little kids! I am so ashamed to say I am a little jealous. No snakes in my yard. :(

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      Rosemary Sadler 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

      Cute hub, I have never actually named a spider. Lol. But I don't mind the usual house spiders. I once had a Funnel web spider jump out of my luggage and bite a teddy, thank heavens it didn't jump in my direction.

      But generally its mice and rats that I can't stand, hate those things.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      like your hub. you wrote it so 'cute'ly. :)

      i really dont have the fear of the house spiders but when its like big enough, oh no i might scream enough to rush firefighters on our house.

      im terried of snakes, may it be small or big.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Spiders. ugh. This was a great read. Nicely done. I heard that once you give your fear a name, it no longer has power over you. Guess it worked. :) Voted up and more. :)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Entertaining story! I don't have much of a problem with spiders. I don't like geckos...lil lizards. They sneak up behind me or next to me and they are fast! Annoying when one gets in the house. Snakes are ugh too.

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      I am creeped out by spiders. Great write. Now I like your spider friends, but am not sure about new ones that I might encounter.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      TToombs08 - It definitely worked in this case. And good thing too, cuz I don't think there was any way Harvey was moving out of that kitchen!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      I would have served Harvey an eviction notice. :) "Yo, dude, you got like, 3 seconds to pack up and get out or else you get to meet the flip flop!" :)

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Sunshine - I am so confused whenever anyone says they are OK with spiders! I get the creeps just looking at a picture, scratch that, justthinking of a picture of one! BUT I love love love lizards and snakes. :)

      Vellur - Thanks for liking my spider friends. They really were excellent roomates. As for other spiders, they are up in the air. I give them the benefit of the doubt to start, but if they don;' behave, out they go!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      TToombs08 - Nice idea! But you don't know Harvey. Sucker was FAST! I could just see us six girls moving out the fridge and then runing around trying to get him!

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      Daisy Mariposa 4 years ago from Orange County (Southern California)

      Dana,

      It took me a while to have the courage to read this article.

      I do not like spiders, not one tiny bit. Having gotten infections from spider bites on a few occasions, I don't like reading about them, looking at pictures of them...I avoid them!!!

      I applaud you for being brave enough to publish this Hub. Great job!

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      Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

      Aw, one of them is named after my husband :o), enjoyed this hub very much.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Daisy - Thanks for being brave and giving this a read! I am ahhpy you liked it ... I was bitten by a spider when I was younger. My eye swelled up and it was very unpleasant. Maybe thats where the fear came from... Writing this hub was a pleasure because I am awfully fond of these tree little guys. Finding a photo on the other hand. Oh My!

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      Jools99 - Aw. Did you tell hubby that he has a spidey namesake?! Thanks for stopping bay. Glad u liked this. :)

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