I have been staying on a little gulf island for a month. I have the use of a little car to go here and there.
The first day I journeyed out I noticed a hitchhiker on the side=view mirror.
Oh my, I thought. She is going to get blown off as I drive.
But no. Her amazing web held her in place and when it got too windy she retreated behind the mirror.
I parked and spent a lovely evening with friends thinking she would find herself in a new place to spin her web.
But no, she had rebuilt her web and was proudly wrapping up a fly for dinner.
The next day she was still there.
And the next.
Ok, I had to name her.
Charlotte. Of course.
And so she has remained spinning and re-spinning her glorious webs. Catching flys. Hiding behind the mirror. Sunning herself. Remaining steadfast.
I know it can't last.
But she is good company.
And I will miss her when the time comes for her to leave.
I have often had an uneasy truce with spiders.
This one though?
She is a keeper.