Magic Moments – Big Hairy Spiders (with a photo, be warned!)

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I’m linking up with Jaime from The Oliver’s Mad House, for her Monday Magic Moments. She has a lovely blog, and this is going to be a fun and interesting linky. Why don’t you join in? You can find more on the linky on her blog or click on the button at the bottom.

I was terrified of spiders, big ones, small ones, hairy ones, I did not like them. I would freak out if I knew one was in a room, and the thought of them made me anxious and sweaty. I think my fear stems from a small spider falling on my face, from a wall, when I was a child, and I had issues with them ever since. I know this is a common fear, and you are now wondering what on earth my magic moment is, but you will have to read on, to find out. This is an older magic moment, something I will remember forever.

When I first moved to London, to work as a nanny, I lived with a lovely family, who had a small cottage in their garden, which was where I resided at the end of my days work. It was perfect, except for ONE thing, it came with some seriously monstrous house spiders, that seemed to think they had a right to share my living space, and would scare the daylights out of me at frequent intervals. I would either have to get the Dad of the children I nannied for to come and get rid of them, or I would use a can of hairspray to spray them to death, then vacuum them up! (Yes, I know this is mean, please don’t send members of the Spider Lovers Society round to get me, I am reformed, I kill spiders no more)

It became a bit of a joke, my fear of these hairy beasties, and I used to dread spring and autumn, when they were most prevalent  They are harmless, but are big, hairy, scuttle fast, and like to lurk and appear when you least expect them. Until one day, one of my friends, for my 21st birthday, sent me a voucher, for a Spider Therapy Course that she and some of my other mates had clubbed together to pay for me to attend.

I thought she had lost the plot, and was pulling my leg, and was totally aghast. I did NOT want to go, and have to face big hairy spiders! But when I rang them to book, the lady at the other end of the phone was so lovely, and reassuring, that I decided to give it a go, and went along.

Well, all I can say, is that it was amazing! They sat us down at a table, and  brought out a HUGE red kneed spider, (like the one in the photo below)  and showed her to us, and all ten of us attending the course that day,  were totally freaked out, and horrified. She was called Rosie (sadly, she is dead now, the current spider who does the course is called Polly) we then had to introduce ourselves and say what made us afraid of spiders, and what triggered our fears. I won’t ramble on, but they did all sorts of things with us, breathing techniques, focusing on our fears and trying to rationalise them, we watched a TV programme on spiders and it was very interesting to see how clever, and actually quite useful they are, and learned some amazing facts about them.

At the end of the day, they brought Rosie back out again, and put her on the table, and encourage people to look at her, touch her, or just get close to her. I swallowed my fear, and put my hand out, and with her keeper holding my hand, allowed her to walk onto my hand and up my arm to my elbow. (The keeper had to hold my hand and arm, in case I freaked out and dropped her, spiders have an exo skeletal body structure, if I had dropped her, she may have been killed, or badly hurt)

It was an AMAZING feeling, she was very gentle and slow, and her feet tickled, and she didn’t seem at all bothered by me. She was actually quite beautiful, and serene  and it was truly a magic moment!  I held a massive, hairy, quite scary looking spider, and didn’t freak out, throw up, scream or try to run away! I am still not a huge lover of spiders, but they don’t freak me out, I can happily pick one up in a wine glass and despatch it outside, I can watch tv programmes with them in, and see pictures without being upset, and when we went to the zoo last year, Big Girl and I went to meet Polly, and it was so easy to face her, and tell Big Girl all about her, without turning into a sweaty nervous wreck. I would actually recommend the course, if you have a terrible fear of spiders, it certainly helped me. If I can hold a big hairy “wincey spidey” as Small Boy calls them, then anyone can!

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17 comments on “Magic Moments – Big Hairy Spiders (with a photo, be warned!)
  1. Charlotte says:

    A spider course would be my worst nightmare! Popping over from Magic Moments. x

    • motherofmadcatsandbabies says:

      Lol, I thought so too, even as I was doing the day, but it really did help me. Was definitely and unforgettable experience!

  2. wow this is amazing,i had no idea there were courses for this..i am scared of spiders xx popping over from #Magicmoments xx

    • motherofmadcatsandbabies says:

      London Zoo and others do them. I had no idea until someone decided I needed to go on one! I know you can do hypnotherapy etc. for arachnophobia, but this course was much more informative and helpful, I reckon!

    • motherofmadcatsandbabies says:

      I am much better with them, since the course. It definitely helped me!

  3. Jaime Oliver says:

    OMG Karen I am in awe! Although i dont freak out at them i dont like being near them but that big one would of made me wee!!

    Another fab post honey, thanks for linking up for #magicmoments 🙂 x

  4. notmyyearoff says:

    Oh my god you brave woman – I would have probably slightly freaked out thinking the spider would be able to sense fear of something, well done! It does look v beautiful when you look at it.

    • motherofmadcatsandbabies says:

      She apparently was the best, most friendly spider, who didn’t mind being handled, hence why they used her for the course. She didn’t move fast or seem bothered by me at all!

  5. Living where we do, our house is shared with spiders and whilst I don’t love them, I now just scoop them up and put them outside. Although many years ago when I worked with the Army, I had an enormous Rosie dropped onto the top of my head and feeling the legs crawling through my hair freaked me out and then it jumped really quite high and far and I thought I was going to faint hahaha.

    It is brilliant that she has cured you of your fear though.

    • motherofmadcatsandbabies says:

      Gosh, I think I would freak out if one landed on my head! A friend of mine tells a very funny story of one landing on her leg when she was on the loo one night, in the dark and she screamed and woke up the whole house, they may not bother me any more, but landing on me out of nowhere would probably make me freak out!

  6. mummysallygg says:

    I don’t mind spiders, but wasps! If I had to do this with wasps, I would freak! Well done you for going and facing your fears!

  7. Frugi Dublin says:

    Wow brave lady. I would have run a mile! I didnt even know spider therapy courses existed!

  8. Wow you’re very brave – I never knew such courses existed!! Popped over from magic moments xx

    • motherofmadcatsandbabies says:

      I think I should let London Zoo know I have been promoting their course on my blog! 😉 Thanks for commenting!

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