I told them that I would pay for a professional ductwork cleaning and take the spider to my home where they would never see it again
As a kid I begged and begged my mom for a pet tarantula. Finally she said yes and I got a tiny little rose hair spiderling. Mom threatened me with dire consequences if the spider ever got loose in the house. Well, just a few months later, the spider escaped. I just knew I would never find it again so I told my mom it died and never brought it up again. That was 10 years ago. Just last month I was visiting my parents when Mom mentioned to me that she had dropped a necklace down into HVAC ductwork vent. I told her I would see if I could find it for her. I removed the grate and found the necklace and a spider web. Then I saw the spider. It was an adult rose hair tarantula. The very one I had lost as a kid was here in the ductwork and grown up and healthy. It took a little bit of doing but I was able to coax the spider into a jar. Mom was shocked when she saw what I had found. It was then that I finally fessed up to losing the spider a decade before. Both of my parents were a bit upset but they also thought it was kind of funny. I told them that I would pay for a professional ductwork cleaning and take the spider to my home where they would never see it again. That made them happier. I just can’t believe my little spider survived and thrived all of this time, undetected, in the ductwork.