Angela, an average garden spider was spinning a web
to lay her eggs on. She chose a small hidden place
underneath a newly planted rose bush in Mrs. Green’s
garden . After she finished her web she stood back to
admire her work when she caught something out of the
corner of her eye. It was an abandoned egg. She looked
around carefully to see if it’s mother was close by, but
saw no sign of another spider. So Angela carefully placed
the egg on her web then laid her eggs next to it.
This egg was quite larger than the others, Angela
knew it would be different but couldn’t abandon it. She
named this egg Freddie. After a few months the eggs
hatched and where carried off by the breeze to find
there own homes. But Freddie hatched late and never
As Freddie got older he grew to be almost 3 inches
which was about three times larger than his mother
Angela. He made himself a home not to far away from
her web. He dug himself a cozy hole in the ground but
spent most of his time with Angela. Most days she tried
to teach Freddie how to spin a web. He had the silky
string but no matter how much he tried he could not
spin a web. It just came out in a big sticky ball.
When Freddie’s brothers and sisters came to visit
their mother they would laugh at Freddie’s hole in the
ground. They asked why such a big ugly spider had to
hide in the ground. Freddie would just scurry back
into his hole, ashamed of himself.
Angela asked her children to be nicer to him, but they
saw no reason to befriend such a strange spider. “Because
he’s your brother!” She told them. “He doesn’t feel like a
brother.” Said one spider. “Yea he’s not like any of us!” Said
a brother.“He’s got four eyes where we have one! He’s
brown and Hairy. And three times our size!” Said a sister.
That night while Freddie was having dinner with Angela he
asked her why he was so different. She wasn’t sure what to
say, was it time for her to tell him the truth? She was worried
that he’d be angry with her, but she knew she couldn’t keep
this secrete any longer. “Freddie,” she said nervously. “
When you where an egg I found you under this rose bush all
alone, so I took you in as my own son.”
At first Freddie didn’t know what to think. He sat next to
Angela thinking about what she just told him. And after a
few minutes he realized something. “ You know what mom, I
think this is great news!”
“It is?” She asked confused. “Yes, because this means that
their isn’t anything wrong with me I’m just different, and
I’ve got the best mom in the world!
“You think so Freddie?” Angela asked surprised.
“Yes because you loved me, just the same as all the
others even though I wasn’t yours, and you will always
be my mother even though I wasn’t your egg.” Angela
then realized she should have told Freddie this a long
The next morning Angela asked all her children
to come to her web. She told them the news that
Freddie wasn’t really their brother, but they should
still treat as one. She explained that being different
isn’t wrong. The brothers and sisters saw how much
love their mother had for all of them including
Freddie, and realized they where wrong in being so
mean to him.
Freddie was a wolf spider, a type of spider that
does not spin a web. So from that day on his
brothers and sisters treated him kindly. They often
visited his cave for lunch or dinner. And if Mrs.
Green the gardener ever tried to hurt his siblings
he’d come to their rescue and scare her away. So
this spider family lived happily ever after.