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Today I Love Tickling Spiders

tickling a spider
Coochy coochy coochy coo!

Today I love tickling spiders in their webs and pretending that they are amused and can’t stand the tickling and that’s why they run to the edge of their webs and find their hiding place. I love crickets tentatively chirping in the yard surrounding my Tuesday office. I love that they have been likened to fiddlers because of the way they draw one leg across the other to make their chirping song and because they really get into it when they get going. I love the new sounds of my street on this first day back to school, children calling to parents and each other, the whirring of a bicycle I’ve never seen before being ridden past me by a young man in a tie and shirtsleeves who looks like he might be a new teacher on his way to his first day of school, and parents calling out with reminders of lunches and coats and books. I love that the day smells like pencils and apples and new books being handed out from shelves, each one carrying treasures as yet unrevealed. I love remembering asking my first ever teacher for a new book less than a week after I got my first ever school reader and he asked what was wrong with the old one and I told him nothing, but I was done reading it … he hadn’t listened when I had told him I could already read.

Today I love that I spent the weekend without my trusty phone by my side and only discovered it on the floor in the back of the cab of my truck yesterday when we were packing up to leave the cottage. I love that I am sitting out in my Tuesday office with no phone which is not like me at all, and yet I’m okay with that. I love that I have always enjoyed having my phone on me, that I rarely think of it as an inconvenience, and I love that not having it on me does seem a little inconvenient, but I’m okay with that.

Today I love that there was porridge left over from last week sealed up in the fridge so I didn’t have to make any last night. I love that I woke up seemingly every hour through the night but that all I did was remind myself that life was good and I was able to fall back to sleep for the most part. I love that I’m up early and at all the things that need doing today, doctors appointment included and maybe a new clue about my ongoing throat and respiratory challenges. I love being on the radio.

Today I love drinking coffee in the Tuesday office once again while I tickle spiders.

Today I Love Tickling Spiders

Kelly Babcock

I was born in the city of Toronto in 1959, but moved when I was in my fourth year of life. I was raised and educated in a rural setting, growing up in a manner I like to refer to as free range. I live on the traditional lands of the Chippewas of Nawash in an area where my family history stretches back 6 or 7 generations and my First Nations friend's families go back hundreds of generations. I was diagnosed with ADHD at the age of 50 and have been both struggling with the new reality and using my discoveries to make my life better. I am a freelance writer and I write two blogs here at Psych Central, one about living with ADHD and one that is a daily positive affirmation that acts as an example of finding the good in as much of my life as I possibly can.

Find out more about me on my website: writeofway.

email me at ADHD Man

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Babcock, K. (2018). Today I Love Tickling Spiders. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 20, 2020, from


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