Six weeks ago I began a relationship with a spider. I call him Albert (although he could equally be Albertina). Albert lives in my bath. He’s asleep most of the time dreaming spider dreams.

The first few weeks I nudged him with my bath sponge to hop on so I could lift him to safety while I showered. Albert whooshed off on nimble legs. I chased him telling him I wasn’t a spider killer and he could trust me. He wasn’t easy to convince.

His second stage of growth was to tremble when the sponge approached but he faced his fear and stayed.

This morning Albert stepped onto the sponge like a gentleman.

I have never been trusted by a spider before.

This feels like love.


This story is absolutely true. Welcome to Stella’s world.

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