One day early this summer, my daughter visited me in my office. I showed her the spider that had taken up residence in the corner of my window. We were about to leave for vacation, and we worried that he might be swept away by the cleaner while I was gone. Hoping to avert such a disaster, my daughter made this sign for the spider, whom she named Ned.
We had big plans for Ned. When we got back, we were going to make some spider-sized furniture and maybe hang some pictures to make him feel more at home.
Alas, when we returned, Ned and his cobweb were nowhere to be seen. When my daughter found out, she gave me this look:
I left the sign where it was, hoping he might find his way back home…Every morning when I get to work, I’ve been checking to see if he’s come back, but there’s never any sign of him.
Today I finally accepted the fact that, like this beautiful, too-short summer, Ned is gone for good.
We miss you, Ned. It was nice knowing you.