Story Skeleton: A Spider’s Death Sentence Commuted . . . For Now

A brown spider on a web.

By Angela Noel

September 7, 2017

Crazy spider walking precarious along my page: I hate you because you are creepy. And you hate me because I hold your death in my fingers.

Yet I am more like you than I am not. Something holds a tissue above me, too. Something that would squash my life as I would squash yours–and equally without thought.

We both spin webs to trap the unwary, yours of spiders silk and mine of ego. What we capture, we render drained.

I stare at you, my crawling kin. For once, I let you walk your path without interruption.

Your time will come.

Perhaps, I will be as lucky.  Maybe I’ll have time enough to learn to spin without annihilating at the same time. The possibility I might gain this sets us apart.

But just barely.

Your turn: Have you seen yourself reflected in unexpected places? What have you learned?

If you like this story, consider writing a Story Skeleton of your own. It’s simply a little vignette about life experiences, fictional or personal narrative–the bones of a story that supports the pieces of ourselves. Send your Story Skeleton’s to me at and I’ll publish them on my blog as a guest post. 

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Author: Angela Noel

On a quest to become a better human, I write about parenting, leadership, and personal development. I tell my stories so you can find your own.

6 thoughts on “Story Skeleton: A Spider’s Death Sentence Commuted . . . For Now”

  1. You know, I just hate blog posts that end with a question. I always want to answer them! I’ve been thinking about yours all day. Now it might be because I just wrote this but I think I see myself most in those darn clocks. I’m always running just a bit behind and the more someone watches me the slower I seem to go. And to think I spent my whole day on this and that’s what I came up with. Sheesh!

    1. I love what you came up with! And I’m glad it got you thinking. Your clock post had so much to offer, no wonder the image is still so fresh. But, if I could offer an alternative view, perhaps its not just that you run “behind” but that you’re interested in marking time differently. Like you want it to slow down so you can savor the moments. Slow clocks aren’t always behind–maybe they’re just reflecting how we adults see the ever-faster passing of minutes and hours differently than we did when we were young, and how we want to hold on just a little bit longer to the good stuff. But now I’ll probably be stuck on this idea all day. 🙂

  2. My kids, of course. When they emulate me, good or bad, it makes me exquisitely aware that my actions are a role model for behavior, and helps me modulate myself and model better solutions, actions and hopefully results.

    1. That’s a great answer! Thank you for sharing. I definitely think I’m surprised at times by what I learn about myself just by watching my son interact with the world. Excellent insight.

      1. Thank you. 🙂 I don’t want them to feel like they have to put up with situations and animosity. Conflicts happen – they’re inevitable. Don’t focus on avoiding conflict, focus on caring effective conflict resolution.
        Part of it is that I ask them for feedback all the time. How am I doing? This tells them it’s okay to disagree with me, respectfully, and okay to talk about their concerns and feelings.

  3. Your writing is beautiful in this piece! Although humans always weave our webs of deceit, I’m going to focus on the positive web analogy – the web of our interconnectedness! When we remember that, we are less likely to spin a web that will entrap others (aka ourselves) 🙂

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