A Petite Visitor

This morning, I showered, and then reached for the towel to dry myself. Then I placed the towel back on its hook.

It was then that I saw a spider at the edge of the tub.

I like spiders. So, I wished it no harm and turned away. A moment later I moved to the tub again and saw that the spider had fallen into the tub, and seemed — EEK! — to be drowning in a water puddle at the bottom.


Frantically, I grabbed some tissue, leaned into the tub, and very gently managed to get the spider onto an edge of the tissue.

Whew! Disaster averted.

I carefully laid the tissue on the edge of the window sill, and figured that the spider would, well, do whatever spiders do in the house.

Fast forward to tonight.

I stepped into the bathroom, noticed the tissue on the sill, and picked it up with the intention of throwing it into the garbage pail. But the spider fell out and onto the counter.


I was surprised, no, amazed, that the spider was still on the tissue, and assumed it was dead. So I gently nudged it with the tissue. It scurried!


And all I could think of was:

The poor dear! It had missed lunch!

The poor dear! It had missed dinner!

The poor dear! It had missed the cocktail hour!

This tiny creature had spent the day nestled on a bit of tissue, and after nearly drowning.

The poor dear.

I managed to get the spider back onto the tissue, and went outside and carefully placed the tissue in a bush. I figured the spider’s chance for survival was greater out than in.

As I stepped inside, I shook my head at the absurdity of all this but a part of me scolded my intellect. This part whispered: There’s a lot of cruelty in the world. But a small creature has been helped. 


And I smiled. And wished my visitor well.




  1. Marjie on March 29, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    I applaud your caring nature, Ross. What you did today may seem insignificant, but in the spiders world you made all the difference. ❤️
    Ps, I saved one at work the other night too. 🙂

  2. Dan Goodall-Williams on March 30, 2018 at 3:02 am

    You are amazing. I’d have killed it quicker than lightning.

  3. Mary on March 30, 2018 at 6:23 am

    Yes. The cruelty we are witnesssing in the world, the mean attitudes, the threats at and among nations and sadly, even neighbors, have ironically prodded me react with tenderness more often than not of late. My example is with wasps that somehow appear in the windows inside this time of year. Normally they’d get swatted with the nearest magazine, but this year, I’ve not had the heart, and just raise the sash and set them free.

  4. Carla on March 30, 2018 at 7:26 am

    You are what this world needs more of. Thank you for starting my day with a smile.

  5. Brandy Mulvaine on March 30, 2018 at 7:40 am

    I would’ve done the same! In the winter I bring in all my potted plants and my window boxes and anything else Ive got room for! Any and all wayward insects get dumped in a plant. I’ve got two Jasmine trees and one is as big as me! So for a bug that’s a whole world 😀

  6. Karen Spencer on March 30, 2018 at 8:27 am

    Thank you for your kindness and saving a tiny life. I ama afraid of spiders but I don’t ever kill them. Yes there is enough cruelly in this world. We don’t need to contribute to it. Thanks for all the great posts and this peaceful gesture.

  7. Mike on March 30, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    I was waiting for you to say that you had caught several flies and gnats so you could properly feed your guest…

  8. Dawn Rocco on March 30, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    I saw one after my shower and let it be. I figured if it made it through my shower it deserved to live. Later that day it bit my son.

  9. Gia on March 31, 2018 at 3:04 pm

    Ross, I am exactly the same way! Oh, the ridiculous adventures we have, ha ha ha! But you’re so right. I feel like every time I make a little right, it cancels out a bigger wrong. Surely Mr. Spider’s life is important to him. Maybe he likes drama – showers, rescues, and fine tissue bedding! It’s a good spring omen, I think. ;D

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