Main characters D – Daughter, M – Me, H – Hubs
D – “Mom?”
M – “Yes”
D – “Did you see the message someone left on your phone?”
M – “You mean the screen saver that said, Good Morning I see the assassins have failed. Yes, I saw it and it sort of freaked me out. That is until I remembered seeing you pick up my phone as I was going to bed. Shame on you.”
D – Uncontrollable laughter
M- “Listen, you need to get your bath earlier tonight cause I am going to take a nice steamy bubble bath and I need all the water I can get. It is going to be a to the top jacuzzi night for me. And I want no interruptions for ANYONE.”
40 minutes later the shower running.
Ten minutes later, I see Daughter walking like a drenched zombi down the hall. Totally naked with dripping hair, soap on half of her body and glazed over eyes the size of silver dollars.
My immediate reaction was a horrid feeling in the pit of my stomach. I jumped up and ran to her to see what was going on.
M – ” Oh my god, what? What is it”
Her hands were trembling.
D – silent
M – ” DAUGHTER! what is wrong?”
D – (wee little voice) ” I.. I ..I ..I saw it.”
M- “What? Saw what?”
I ran to the bathroom and searched behind the door, out the window and in the hamper. Nothing. I turned off the water and ran back to her. Daughter now on the floor shaking uncontrollably.
M – WHAT?
I am now starting to get mad as all get out. I want answers.
D – ” I was siting in the shower shaving my legs. Something out of place caught my eye. I looked down and….and…
M – WHAT? WHAT?
D – That glazed eye look again.
M – “Honey what was it?” (softer now trying to reach her)
D – “Mom it was legs, hairy hairy legs.”
What the hell?
M – “Your legs?”
D – “NO! I saw hairy legs poking out of the holes of the drain cover. I kept watching and then two more legs crept out with a body attached!”
uncontrollable shaking, teeth chattering —-(oh that was me). Daughter was numb and still.
M – “WHAT?”
D – “Mom, a spider came out of the drain and it is still in the tub…..get it out!, Get It Out!,GET IT OUT NOW.”
M – “Okay, Okay, geez scare me to death next time won’t ya?”
Daughter has had a life long fear of spiders. She stopped taking baths because spiders would fall down on her in the water or they would hide in the jets of the tub. She would turn on the jets and out would come spiders trying to cling to her for dear life. She would be screaming her face off and scrambling to get out of the soapy tub. Not good.
I grabbed a paper towel to remove it. I don’t believe in killing anything unless I have to. Boys that bring my daughter home too late would be a have to.
M – “Okay where is this humongous spider? Daughter, I can’t find it.”
D – “Look at the drain cover or under the seat.”
M – “Why in the world can’t you just get over your fear of spiders. I swear when I was your age I was scared too but I willed myself to not be afraid of them. I am not always going to be here to remove spiders for you. Listen little girl you better learn how to put your big girl panties on and deal wit…..”
heart racing, eyes bugging, going to faint! (that would be me again)
D – “Mom?”
D – “MOM?”
M – “Daughter call your dad. Call your dad NOW.”
D – “Dad, DAD, DAD, DAD!”
H – “What the hell is going on in here? You people are making so much noise I can’t hear the TV. Why are you behind the door and in the floor? Why are your eyes so big? Why are you shaking? What is going on?”
M – points to the tub
D – points to the tub
H – DAMN!
H – squishes it
H- “Gross” (walks away)
D – Gag, gag (audible)
M – woozy and still on floor
D- “I am going to rinse off in your shower come with me.”
M- walks behind Daughter in a bit of a dazed.
D- “Thanks mom” (Daughter disappears)
I am thinking now would be a great time for a bath. And a glass of wine.
I run the water all the way to the top. Get in. Relax. Wonderful hot steamy water to soak away the tension of the day. All I needed was bubbles. I turned on the jets and poured in the soap.
M – (Scream! Scream, Scream)
D – “Mom what’s wrong, what is it? Let me in!”
open the door. Daughter walks in.
D – “See I told you. That is why I don’t take baths any more.”
Six surfing Wolf Spiders clinging to me for dear life.
(Lawd, where is that bottle?)
I read whatimeant2say the other morning and it reminded me of our encounter. I thought I would share both of our stories.
Happy Thanksgiving All