I had a tea party with Ophelia. She wanted to tip over the sugar jar. The bow is nice.
having a chilean rose hair at a tea party should be standard, i love the bow!
yet people think “what can i do to make the world better” maybe other things than this horseshit? has anyone considered that? like, uh, doing practical things?
This is practical. I was a high school student when I did these. What’s a seventeen year old middle-class in-debt about-to-go-off-to-college kid going to do to change the world? End world hunger? Stop global climate change? That’s not practical.
My line of thinking is “how can I make the world less scared of spiders?” People are afraid of these little cuties that mean no harm to anyone. Arachnophobia may be someone’s debilitating fear—a cause of intense anxiety. I have gotten so many messages from this very post from people who are afraid of spiders who have said that this and other posts of Ophelia like this have helped them reduce their fear of spiders by putting spiders in humanizing situations.
There are over 15,000 notes and counting on this post. That’s a lot of people. I am making the world better, maybe just a little bit. I’m making the world less afraid.
On the note of “things that are practical” veterinarians at London Zoo have been known to do reconstructive/corrective leg surgeries in some of their arthropods including tarantulas. To a lot of people that seems ridiculous but arthropod medicine is becoming more commonplace because all of them are important to world ecosystems and they are slowly being incorporated into animal welfare schemes because they ARE animals and they DO matter.