Something weird happened the other day when the weather was nice. We spent a lot of time outside, on trails and parks around our town. It was SO NICE to be outside – I got a nice sunburn on my neck and shoulders, but it was still such a change in weather, I didn’t mind.
Then the weird thing. I noticed a bump on the back of my neck by my hairline – and associated irritation to the side of my neck. My first thought: Spider bite. But Greg couldn’t really see anything, redness or welt – so I began to think it was my imagination. The next day the lymph node on that side of my neck felt larger, like something draining into it – so at least I didn’t think I was crazy anymore. It was definitely some kind of insect bite.
I began to google “spider bite” And was amazed at the things I was reading. Some people got bites while walking around outside – some while sleeping IN BED. I asked Greg how this could happen while I slept – I mean – where did they come from? How did they get in? It messed with me – got all mingled up in my thoughts, all the while still feeling the swollen neck.
Last night Greg worked late and we were finally settled in when all of a sudden I opened my eyes and looked above my head, only to discover a SPIDER WEB shining in the moonlight directly above my head. The web string had not one but two little spiders hanging on the end of it.
FINALLY I have an answer, I thought – and said out loud to Greg, “there’s a spider web above my head with two spiders!” He said nothing. So I said it again, “Greg – are you hearing me? I said – THERE’S A WEB ABOVE MY HEAD WITH SPIDERS ON IT!” Still nothing. ”Greg – are you dumb? Can you hear me? I’m going to turn the light on now – get ready to GET THEM!”
I jumped up and turned on the light. Greg was sleepy and somewhat reluctant to help me in my distress – but he did make a generous arm gesture – sweeping the area above where I was sleeping. I couldn’t believe that was all he was going to do – I mean, if you knock down the web string – won’t the little spiders then crawl all over the bed and more to the point – my PILLOW? We looked everywhere for the web and the spiders which had now disappeared – and Greg quizzed me, “you said there were two spiders? You know that’s pretty much impossible, right?” Hmmmm. He didn’t believe me – but I knew what I had seen.
We finished our search – looked above our heads, at the ceiling – nothing. So I finally turned off the light and crawled back in bed. With the light out again – I tried to see the spot where I had first seen the spiders dangle down in front of me. It was pitch black in our room – no moonlight at all. It was then that I realized I must have dreamt it. There was no way I could have seen a spider web in the dark.
By this time I was quite flabbergasted. I mean – it was so real! How would I wake up that fast and say what I did to Greg? It seemed impossible to me – and yet I could not explain the total darkness. The whole thing became HILARIOUS to us. The yelling at Greg to “DO SOMETHING” – the sweeping his arm over the place where I was sleeping – all of it! Then Greg said, “maybe they were coming back to finish the job” We must have laughed for a good half hour after that.
Needless to say – there are NO spiders in our bed – real or imagined. And my bite will continue to be somewhat of a mystery. At least for now