"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Arachnophobes unite!

Morning registration, children (finally) sitting on the carpet at my feet, when suddenly a shriek pierces the air from one of the girls. There is an enormous spider on the carpet. 30 children are immediately evacuated to their chairs while 'Miss' attempts to continue calling the register, having bravely resisted the impulse to stand on her chair or or sprint from the room, and the trusty TA (Teaching Assistant) dives in to do battle with the intruder.
Unfortunately, she lost it and, as luck would have it, was not around at the beginning of the afternoon session when it suddenly reappeared, right by my feet (Wouldn't you know it?). This time, however, 'Miss' was made of sterling stuff and, grabbing courage with both hands, throwing caution to the winds etc etc, I quickly stamped on it and dispatched it to the Great Cobweb of the hereafter. Brave, innit!


Silverback said...

Like with a lot of things, size isn't important and my particular scary critters here are fire ants. One bite from them and you're in trouble and they're everywhere.

By the way, Jenny, do you know anything about a huge leek that dropped from a great height and landed VERY near me this morning ???


Jennyta said...

Oh, shucks! You mean it missed!!!

Yorkshire Pudding said...

How cruel! Surely you could have got a jamjar or a yoghurt pot, trapped the spider and then put some paper underneath. Next you could have carried the creature outside and shown the children that life is precious and that even spiders are worth cherishing. You are a very naughty teacher and for your misdemeanour you will receive some buttock slapping! Now bend over!

Jennyta said...

Do you want me to drop a leek on you too, YP???

Daphne said...

I don't mind spiders at all (unless they're poisonous, obviously). Next time, ring me and I'll be over to rescue it. I like Wales too, even if there's less sunshine there than SOME people may be experiencing.

Jennyta said...

Daphne, you're on!

Dale said...

Too bad you stomped on it, Jenny. You might have considered dispatching it less violently and using the petrified corpse as a desk.

Jennyta said...

Dale, I'll pretend you didn't say that! Ugghhhh!!!The very idea!


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