Off the Wall, July 20, 2017

Many times I’ll sit next to my bedroom window and look out at the goings on all day long and into the evening. I think best when I stare out into some distance place, particularly during my writings.

One night I happened to be looking in the direction of my neighbor’s flag when I noticed a huge spider that seemed to be tending a web. That interested me, for during the day I could see no web or even the appearance of this creature. The one early morning as the sun was rising, the rays highlighted parts of the web so it became visible, at least parts of it.

Now 6:30 in the morning, looking south on Ligonier Street seeing cars come into town, I know it’s there, but really see no evidence that a web even exists. I find it some kind of a miracle.

Now I realize a number of things. First, I’m not going to talk about spiders today other than the one that visits me nightly. Second, I realize there are any number of people out there who hate spiders and can’t even give a thought to the subject. Right away, they cringe and start making faces.

Instead, I will be discussing how this beautifully designed structure plays into life in so many ways.

There are so many things that exist that can’t see, but we have no doubt they exist.

As a whole, the communities of Pennsylvania, not to mention the United States, are full of people who will go out of their way to help others. Can one see love? Everyone knows love exists. Once love is put into action the transparent becomes very apparent.

I recall one Tuesday at the Latrobe Farmer’s Market I was attempting to deliver a folder to a vender when I tripped over a root from one of the tall trees and went crashing down on my display table eventually hitting the ground. Many vendors came running to my aid. I could just feel their love and concern. Before that little episode, I really couldn’t tell if the people around me had love or not. Yes, it was embarrassing to find myself in this position, but more so, it was reassuring to know that loving, caring individuals surrounded me.

When one plants a seed into the ground and covers it with dirt, one remembers only what the actual seed looked like; one can’t see the development stages of the plant. Only upon seeing the young plant come through the soil does one see the new creation. The initial steps of the development of the seed were out of sight. The revelation of his effort resulted in a crop.

It’s so interesting, in my opinion, that I can look through my window and see cars heading toward or leaving the municipality, my neighbor’s house, the Floral Fountain building and parents taking their kids to the Willow Tree Dance Studio, but not see the spider web.

I was reminded of a recent question one of my doctors asked me recently. He stated, “Are you taking probiotics?” Now when I think of that nutritional supplement, what comes to mind is a little round pill. Once I plop it in my mound and flush it down with water or almond milk, it’s gone really. It may be in me, but since it is out of sight, I can hope it will do what’s it’s called to do.

I know that magnificently woven web is there, but during the day, I just don’t see it.

The oxygen we breathe is something we can’t see, yet many of us take it for granted. Without it, we wouldn’t able to enjoy the goodness of life.

I compare the sighting of stars at night to that of the web. I can see them plain as day as they light the heavens far above us. Come daylight they drift out of sight. When the sun takes over, so it becomes apparent. They can’t be seen. Yet they are still there.

In my research of molecules, a subject that is beyond me, I found this bit of information on the Internet from the website of “Water drops on a spherical nature come from strong surface tension due to the hydrogen bonding.”

Interesting, isn’t it. The first website I opened up showed water drops hanging off, no less, a spider web.

Knowing something exists in reality but not being able to always see it is the key here.

- Paul J. Volkmann
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