Are there common threads between Ron Weasley and sailing (and me)? On the surface, this may seem pretty random. But as my husband and I are working towards getting our sailboat ready for sailing, these threads occured to me (especially since we discovered a few "friends" who had wintered on the boat).
First off, we are both big fans of the Harry Potter books which includes the character Ron Weasley. Most people know Ron as Harry's best friend, but I tend to identify with him for one very important reason. He, like me, is petrified of spiders. He, at least, has a valid reason for fearing them. According to Ron, his brother Fred turned his teddy bear into a big, hairy spider when he was three. To me, that is about a good of a reason to fear them as any. His brothers, George and Fred, knowing this, even tease him about their friend Lee Jordan's pet tarantula. As might be expected, Ron's boggart (which is the creature or thing that one fears the most) is a large spider.
For me, it is a phobia since I frankly have no idea why they scare me. For as long as I can remember, spiders have terriifed me, and yet, the beauty of their webs fascinate me. I have nightmares about them, often tearing apart the bed to make sure there are none there or turning on all the lights to rout the beasts that I am positive are crawling or spinning their silken thread towards me.
And sailing? Spiders, as my husband frequently reminds me, love sailboats. At night spiders love to weave their webs in the rigging since the wind over the water atrracts tasty meals of insects. Each morning, they abandon their webs and hide in the sail covers and other various crevices on the boat. Unfortunately, part of my job when we go sailing is to prepare the boat by removing the mainsail's cover. It is always, with trepidation, that I carefully peel away the cover. Too often, there is a fat spider digesting the previous night's meal. Actually, the more frequently we sail, the fewer the spiders we find (they find less traveled boats to spin the thread of their webs), which is a great reason to get out on the water as much as possible.
Fortunately for me, my husband is a first-rate spider destroyer. He will either kill or release spiders to the outside. Most of the time I won't kill them because I am sure that if I were to try, they'd probably jump on me, and as Ron would say, "Why can't it be butterflies?"
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