"Once you begin watching spiders, you haven't time for much else."
Eli and I stood transfixed for several minutes, watching the spider meticulously but efficiently spin her web in this perfect pattern that was one of the most beautiful feats of nature I have personally observed. I've never felt affection or attachment to a spider before, but I did after watching this one. She lived in that window for months, and she probably spun a new web every week or so. When I was lucky enough to catch her doing it, I would stop whatever I was doing and just enjoy the show. It was really something.
Then one day in November I noticed she was gone. I was quite sad about it, after watching her endure weeks of rain and wind, and even sometimes watching her catch and wrap her prey. I'm still not comfortable with spiders cohabiting with me, but I'll miss our Charlotte.