July 28, 2011
One of the things I disliked about summer was that Grandmother would empty out her classroom. That meant bringing back to her house all the fish tanks that were filled not with fish, but with creepy crawlies – spiders and snakes - which she then set up in her back mudroom. And of course, coming across the backyard from my house, the mudroom door was how I went in and out of her house, so I had to pass through the room. I hated and feared spiders and snakes so much, I would run across the room or close my eyes.