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Have you ever sat and watched a spider build its web? I remember before being a mum, sitting down one evening at a barbecue watching a Golden Orb spider spin its web. It was HUGE, at least 3/4 of a metre round. It was beautiful. Watching the spider build its web took some time, but it got there!
Thinking back to that night, makes me think of a mum building her web as she brings her children up. Every single line of web spun is another thing a mum has accomplished to help her child succeed. A book read to them to where they read the book to you – learning to peddle on a little trike to being able to ride a bike without any training wheels. Small accomplishments that build into the end goal.
We keep building our children up and up, celebrate their accomplishments and celebrate more when they reach their goals. Like a spider, keeps spinning its web, once one part is complete, it moves onto the next.
But a spider can relax once it is done, I wonder when we are ‘done’ bringing our children up…
I know I still rely on my dad for support and love, so maybe we are never done, but just keep going and going and going and going?!
Or maybe do we succeed once our child has been successfully brought up and has their own family? Or if they have a successful job or career?
Where would you think you would be ‘done’ with bringing your child up? When do you think your web will be complete?


Posted by JessyJade, 7th November 2015


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  • I read the book and watched the movie Charlottes Web and thought a spider dies after building the web and having the babies …? No motivation think that far ahead. Day by Day is enough .

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  • lo and if anything leaves a hole in that web, the spider fixes it up but keeps on going! lol

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  • Definitely some good insights there!! Thanks for your responses =)
    I would like to think that it would be when they are out of home as well, but honestly hope it does continue until the day I leave this Earth.

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  • The web is forever, once they are grown they will need even more support to navigate through the adult world and its joys, at times struggles and complexities. The web just gets bigger and intertwines.

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  • I would like to think once they have last home and have income of their own, preferably from an interesting and enjoyable career.

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  • Spiders and their webs are fascinating creatures. Myself, I don’t think I will be ‘done’ with my children til I am laid to rest. I know I still talk to my mum about things, she’s in her 80 s and I’m nearing 50


    • I agree with you – I believe it will be forever.

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