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Sunday, January 11, 2009

thoughts that involve home and spiders, among other things

         Drew is basking in the Eagles victory and it's enough of a glow that it's spilling onto me.  And I don't mind one bit. It's so very bright that it even survived the Philly airport losing our bags. That's right, even after waiting an hour for luggage that never did come, we are still happy.  


          Happy and home. For now, at least. And I am really trying to live in the present, so help me out here and try not to remind me that I am leaving again. Unless of course when it comes to me procrastinating on doing laundry. And packing. And actually going to another airport. Then maybe you can gently remind me about the contract that I did sign as well as the paycheck that I do anticipate and how both of those things are conditional solely upon me actually working. 

        Imagine that.  
   
        My parents picked us up at the airport with the newest Latshaw in tow, Strider. He's a 7 week old Malamute puppy and is all fluffy fur and silken ears and paws that speak of his potential to grow.  He immediately plopped his little head down onto my lap and graciously allowed me to stroke his fur and ooh and ahh over his absolute canine perfection. Seriously, the way he just lazily lay in my lap immobilized me by the sweetness of the moment.  

      But I am pretty sure my cats didn't think Strider's smell all over me was so sweet. They didn't love the fact that we were gone in the first place, and it certainly didn't help soften the blow by coming back smelling like a dog, of all things!

       There is an innocence and dependence about animals that is close to God's heart, I think.  And I have always been a sucker for them. Except for spiders. They do not look innocent and if they are ever dependent upon me, good luck. They'll need it. As would I, I imagine, if I were ever to find myself dependent upon a spider. Pray God that neither is ever the case.

9 comments:

Susan Marie said...

I agree with you about spiders. Shelob is about the scariest villain in literature.

kathiek said...

You know, I usually don't have a problem with spiders, most of the time I actually think they are pretty cool (but if they invade my personal space suddenly...like drop down on a dragline out of the blue...then they are toast!). And I would agree with you, Susan, that Shelob is pretty horrific, but even Charlotte would be horrifying if she were Shelob's size!! Actually, so would any arthropod!

Jessica Latshaw said...

Kathie, way to go in using the word "arthropod," I am very impressed. And I am in total agreement with you, Susan, on Shelob being terrifying. I even remember an episode of Giligan's Island with a huge spider in it that used to scare me to death (even is you could practically see the strings manipulating the things legs!). I think God really knew what he was doing when he made spiders that small size that they are.

Nina said...

I agree about spiders; I actually have spider nightmares quite frequently. I too hope my life is never in the hands of a spider, because I surely have accrued some bad karma there. And Jess, that's a good point about God making spiders relatively small -- it would be horrifying if He hadn't!

Michele said...

Haha Jess. Lara would totally agree with you about the spiders! She never used to be afraid of bugs of any kind then she spent some time with some cousins, and suddenly there were child-eating spiders everywhere :)

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