Then I heard my mom scream.
When I ran downstairs to see what was the matter, my mom was pointing at a large and disgusting looking spider that was hanging out on top of our piano. Being the calm, cool, collected women that we are, we totally panicked and got our next door neighbor to come over.
He was a gruff old man, but he wasn't afraid of spiders.
He cautiously and slowly approached the piano, then GRABBED the spider and picked it up. With his bare hands! There may have been some screaming on our part.
He went outside with it, but came back a few minutes later totally perplexed. He showed us the spider's underbelly. It said "Made in China".
I wonder if my brother knew how much havoc his fake toy spider had wreaked when he carelessly left it on the piano?
Below, an ode to spiders (ones you know are fake!):
And here's my cute little spider: Sweet Spider Greetings by Yes Teacher