April 29, 2014-For the past two months, there has been a small spider that set up shop in the corner of my kitchen window sill. Not wanting to hurt this little guy, after I confirmed he was not poisonous, I allowed him to take possession of a small area in the corner of the window. He started with a small web that looked like a cornucopia with a wide opening and narrow exit through a microscopic air vent to the outside patio.
I named him Homer.
One day Homer flung his web across a small cactus plant sitting near his allowed area, which I promptly removed, so he would know his boundaries. During the next two weeks, I watched with complete amazement as the beautifully constructed corner web took off in a grand scale. One time I was reminded of the long spans of the San Francisco Bridge as Homer cast his web upwards in vertical spikes, not anything I had ever seen before for a spider web. There was nothing circular about his web style and I could not find anything in searching for similar spider webs on Google images.
Homer would walk his web to make sure all was taunt and did not feel threatened by my presence as I washed the dishes in the sink. Then one day, he started to build three levels stretching horizontally with a small hole on each floor so he could easily pass through each level. How I wished I had a camera to capture this work of art unveiling before my eyes. It was totally amazing to see this very small spider create such a delicate and intricate web right before my eyes.
One day Homer caught a small gnat which caused his web to vibrate, I was surprised to see a smaller spider scurry across the web from the left trying to reach the prize caught in the web. Homer would not have any of this! He darted out and chased the teeny spider away off his web.
Watching this drama unfold, do I dare share this with anyone? Do I tell my husband I named God’s little creature Homer? It was a leap of faith that I shared this small wonder with my husband and best friend of 43 years. He then wanted to find some big moths to toss into the web to feed Homer…ants didn’t work, they walked off the web.
The web started to appear neglected and I hadn’t seen Homer for a day or so. Did a larger spider eat him or did he just abandon his web? The web didn’t glisten like before and started to collect dust…Homer was gone.
I used a long wooden stick to gather up the abandoned web remnants making sure not to touch the sticky stuff, ech! I stuffed the small air vent with a piece of paper to keep anyone else out…There could never be another Homer.
I thank the Lord for all his Creatures, large and small. I am thankful to have seen this beautifully structured spider web created before my eyes and to wonder about the miracles of this Universe.