Charlotte’s Web

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This morning, we finished Charlotte’s Web, saying good-bye! good-bye! to the magical story… just like Charlotte’s own children do as they fly away from the barn.  At the same time, we’re saying hello! hello! to the emerging spiders in the corners of our own home and the webs that glisten in our outdoor railing every morning.  (That’s not to say that we don’t promptly say good-bye! good-bye! squash when they fail to mind their own business…)

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Vivienne’s favorite part: “That Wilbur had his little baby spiders because it’s joyful and relieving.” (I’m not kidding; that’s what she just said.)

This post is dedicated to my dear writer friend who is patiently enduring her daughter’s new-found fear of spiders.  I especially think about her as the book ends, “It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.  Charlotte was both.”