The Norman Transcript


June 23, 2013

The reality of a dream

NORMAN — Growing up in the country, I always dreamed about having a sidewalk outside of our house.

Silly dream, I know, but my mother would never let me ride my bike or walk to the nearest comrade because we lived on a dangerous highway that only had a suggested speed limit.

Being an independent child, I usually didn’t have time to wait until mom could chauffeur me around the neighborhood. I figured if we had a sidewalk, I’d be free to roam the neighborhood at my own leisure.

As a kid, I also always dreamed of moving to town so I could be spider free. For some reason, back in the day, I only thought that spiders lived in the country. I suppose, in my child brain, my thoughts were those little spider legs would never make the long trip to the big city. Little did I know that was false.

I think I was 20 when I finally got to move out on my own to college. There were many shocking moment’s of life that I had to learn, and one of them was that even though the city has sidewalks, they also have spiders.

As I grew older, I got my sidewalks. We have a lot of them in my neighborhood. Now I realize it’s not as fabulous as I had dreamed of all those many years ago. Sidewalks are a place for grass to grow through the cracks. They need to be swept a lot. And they can be a breading ground for spiders.

I’ve never really had an issue with spiders. I always look at it as I’m bigger than they are and I’m usually always wearing a shoe. Being tall also allows you to have big feet. Although its not a very desirable one, it is a perk, nonetheless. Some spiders I don’t mind sharing living space with. However, the dogs and the husband feel differently.

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