so, after last night's post I did more searching and discovered that there are Yellow Sac Spiders, commonly found in Ohio, that can cause nasty bites. I know exactly which ones they mean. They crunch when you squish them with kleenex, which is what I do with them when the kids aren't around.
I have never liked spiders. Ever. Centipedes are worse. I try, very hard, to quash my run-away-squealing-with-arms-flailing reflex every time I see a spider, especially when my kids are nearby. I usually manage it with spiders. I fail miserably with centipedes, even though J gets upset with me for doing it in front of the kids. I get upset with me, too, but honestly, it's very hard to help.
But spiders I had under control. This incident is not helping though. Seriously. NOT. HELPING.
I will say, though, that I have no recollection whatsoever of either of my parents showing the least bit of fear around creepy crawlies. Nobody influential in my life freaked out in front of me, that I can remember. I got this way all on my own. J's Aunt N says it's quite possible these things are inborn.
So maybe my kids stand a chance.