Wednesday, June 15, 2016
I said, "I haven't seen one in years." He said, "Is it a spider? I see eight legs." I replied, "They have eight legs but they're not spiders; they're not insects; they are arachnids." He said, "Hunh?" "They're arachnids but not spiders; they have one body section, spiders have two; they have two eyes; spiders have eight; they don't produce any silk or venom." He said, "That's TMI." I said, "I can't help it; I was corrupted by Charlotte's Web when I was a kid; I have an abnormal love of spiders!"
I said, "Mother always said that gallynippers were good because they were mosquito eaters."
He answered, "I gotta look this up; how do you spell it?" He returned with a note which showed "galley napper" and "gallinipper" but none with my spelling and we also learned that is a myth about their being mosquito eaters, but they are good for the environment.