Had a discussion with Mary at work last night about being scared of spiders. Neither of us are particularly fond of the things - more to do with the way they take you by surprise than anything else... So I let her in on my secret way of dealing with them; how to 'NOT BE SCARED OF HARRY', if you will.
The basic premise is this: if something makes you laugh, you can no longer be scared of it. Spiders are indeed terrifying, but if you can think of something that makes them seem ridiculous then *some* of that fear will go away.
I didn't nick this idea from Harry Potter - It's one that I've had for years in fact, and it DOES work.
Ok, let me explain:
Mr. Harry Spider is just as scared of you as you are of him. He feels bad that you don't like him - he *knows* he is ugly and scary, and makes people scream and this upsets him very much.
Mr. Harry Spider is desperate to have friends - he has no friends because he scares them all away and is very sad as this is not his fault - so he puts his skills to good use to try and solve this situation and make some friends.
Mr. Harry Spider is very good at making webs, and has a lot of legs, therefore this makes Mr. Harry Spider ALSO very good at KNITTING!! So he teaches himself to knit - under the impression that if he can knit soft toys for the children who are terrified of him, they won't see him as scary anymore, and actually think he, Mr. Harry Spider, is quite sweet - and then be his friend after all...
So Mr. Harry Spider starts to knit. He wants to knit you your favourite soft toy... But because Mr. Harry Spider is not very clever, he gets it a *bit wrong*
(this is where the 'ridiculous image' bit comes in)
Poor Mr. Harry Spider gets it so DREADFULLY wrong that he knits you your favourite soft toy and presents it happily, nay proudly, to you... BUT...
The soft toy that Mr. Harry Spider has so carefully knitted, in his desperate attempt to be friends and not get squashed, has something fundamentally wrong with it...
IMAGINE YOUR FAVOURITE SOFT TOY AS JUST THE HEAD OF YOUR FAVOURITE SOFT TOY, BUT WITH EIGHT LEGS UNDERNEATH, PROTRUDING FROM JUST BELOW THE NECK!!!
Poor, poor, poor Mr. Harry Spider - what a silly mistake - he thinks, as a spider would, that EVERYTHING should have eight legs... and presented you with a soft toy that will simply make you laugh for hours at how stupid it looks...
SO, NEXT TIME YOU SEE A SPIDER -
Think of him as a 'knitter' - call him a 'knitter' instead of a 'spider' if it helps... and remember that he's so terrified of you that he's desperately knitting you something in a tragic-comic attempt to be your friend.
TODAY: It's raining, It's pouring, I've mostly been snoring...
I didn't wake up till 4pm. Lazy me...I was reading 'Order of the Phoenix' till 8am this morning after I got home from work at 6.30am anyway. Nearly finished it - waaahh!!!
Besides which, it's pissing down with rain outside and misery-grey to boot. I'm hoping the weather will improve tommorrow for our POSH PICNIC - if not, we'll still meet at mine at 11am and take our tiffin to the Nowhere instead:)
I'll text round everybody at 9am(ish) to double-check - not going to bother going to bed after work tommorrow morning, as I have things to do that I've slept through doing today. Oops!!