May 7th, 2008



lucien has got it all figured out.

i've been wondering why she's been less active lately. instead of walking around her jar, like her siblings are doing in theirs, she's been hiding in her newly built, huge hammock. at first i'd thought she was gonna moult again. but she came out and had a cricket meal the other day, and that threw the notion out the window.

she's now hanging out of her hammock, watching. just watching. like a little girl half wrapped in a cosy blanket, watching the world around her.

i reckon she understands her jar space now. she knows that walking around in circles would lead her to nowhere. this is the first time i get the impression that any of the spideykids have ever thought this way, or reached this sort of conclusion.

i wonder if this is even possible, but i can find no other way to explain her behaviour. and from what i've observed of lucien starting from the time she was a mere 2mm infant, she has always displayed superior intelligence and instincts compared to her siblings. the very first night i'd scooped her out of her mother's jar and put her in her own home, little lucien had immediately busied herself spinning a very miniature but amazingly beautiful hammock, in which she slept that very night. her brothers and sisters had either slept on the jar walls, or spun little haphazard hammocks as shelter.

my little genius.