(Hey, Tara and Erin...look who came looking for their long-lost cousin...)
Last summer when I was coming out of my house to join my neighbours outside one lovely morning, I saw a creature who looked a lot like the one pictured below (let me warn you now -- it's not for the squeamish!).
Of course I freaked out, and immediately called for Erin and Tara to come to my rescue. Tara -- being as brave as she is -- took a brick and dropped it on said creature, who then started to excrete a gross green substance looking sort of like gum (I shudder just at the memory of it all!). She then took our water hose and washed the remains off of our driveway and onto the street.
Problem solved. And we never saw another one of those hideous-looking creatures again.
I was once again outside with some neighbours -- different ones -- when Malia was pointing at something and saying, "Spider! Spider!" She wasn't afraid, just pointing out what she was seeing.
What she was looking at wasn't in my line of vision, and since I'm not one to be too concerned over a spider -- especially one that is outside where it belongs -- I didn't even think twice. In fact, the thought running through my head was, Ah...it's probably nothing; it's probably just a piece of dirt or something that she's imagining is a spider.
Well, it turns out both Malia and I were wrong. It wasn't a piece of dirt, and it wasn't a spider. For only moments later, Malia pointed to the 'spider' and said "Mama, look!"
So I did.
Behold -- another hideous creature had made its appearance and decided to crash our neighborhood party. Likely looking for his long-lost cousin. They probably had agreed to meet up this spring and catch up on old times. However, upon his arrival, cousin #2 realized that something tragic must've happened to cousin #1. For he was nowhere to be found.
Not a very pleasant reunion.
Upon trying to return home to his family and share the bad news with the other relatives -- and likely to plan the memorial service -- cousin #2 also met his demise as a large shadow began to get closer and closer until...
A big boot squished cousin #2 (thanks to Jenn's dad who just happened to be visiting this week; good thing, since Brave Tara wasn't around to help this time!).
The reunion gone bad just turned even worse. At least for the unwelcome visitors. For us, it had a happy ending!
(Okay, just to give you a bit of an idea how h-u-g-e this creature actually is -- it's not just a little beatle or anything...see the little rock in the top left hand corner of the picture? A house spider would be about the size of that rock. This disgusting thing is more like the size of a mouse!)