As I am reading Charlotte's Web I googled some facts on the author, E.B White. I found an intersting segment on the inspiration behind his stories. Charlotte's Web's inspiration made me think differently. White was simply watching a spider weave a web, and he became fascinated at how clever the spider was. From this one moment he then wove a story about friendship and salvation.
This made me stop for a second and think about spiders. Ew. Spiders make me shudder sometimes. I recently moved into a basement apartment that had quite a few tenants already! I have squished, stomped, stabbed and drowned more spiders in the last 3 weeks than I can count! But, after reading White's quote on his inspiration, maybe next time I'll watch the spider at his work for a few minutes before I abrubtly end its life.