Based in Frederick, Maryland, Digital Ink & Parchment is a blog by Alexandria Pallat. Her posts explore the integration of faith in every day life.

A Fear of Spiders

A Fear of Spiders

A necessary evil of having two (wonderful) kitties is the twice daily cleaning of the litter box. As I was cleaning the litter box the other day, I came across a huge (uh...to me) spider, and I let out a scream before realizing no one is going to come to destroy the spider for me. I stared at this thing for a solid minute, panicking, trying to think of how to kill it.

In case you can't tell, I have a huge fear of spiders. I don't really know why other than that they look really creepy. Or maybe it was the weird story I heard about brown recluse spiders when I was a kid... Either way, I just don't. Do. Spiders. So when I saw this spider, I just freaked. I instantly started thinking about how long it had been there, had the cats encountered it, had it hurt the cats, was it going to jump on me as I tried to kill it...? (I know, none of those are exactly sane thoughts.)

But it reminded me of how I've always begged my husband to kill the spiders. So I did what any writer does--I wrote about it. Specifically, I wrote a poem.

I am by no means over my fear of spiders. I would still rather not encounter them at all. But I've realized this is an opportunity to tackle things on my own, including my fears.

"There are all kinds of courage"

"There are all kinds of courage"

Battlefields and Beauty

Battlefields and Beauty