I was in the bathroom when I spied a black spider crawling my way. I just watched it for a minute. It kept coming. Then it hit me that I needed to move or it was going to be on me. I grabbed a paper and started furiously shaking it at the spider. It jumped about six inches off the ground and then landed upside down on the ground unmoving. I shook the paper some more, but the spider didn’t move. It was playing dead! I couldn’t believe it.
I went out into the living room to get the kids. What a great teaching moment! “Kids! There’s a spider in the bathroom that just played dead!” I was quite excited.
“Yeah we know that,” my daughter was unmoved.
“I didn’t know that. How you did you know that?” I demanded.
“We learned it in school.”