Photo Prompt Story: Arachnophobia

My favorite photo is Mac and his Dad, reading “Charlotte’s Web”. Pete used this photo to write an endearing story of love, spiders, reading aloud… and a teacher named Jennie. Thank you, Pete.


This is a short story, in 940 words.
It was prompted by the above photo, sent to me by Jennie Fitzkee.

It wasn’t Scott’s fault, but he couldn’t be home much when Taylor was little. First it was Afghanistan, then a posting to Africa. He hardly saw his son grow from the little baby he left behind, and the home leave was too short for them to bond properly. Sometimes, Scott had to fight back the tears. There were other times too. Times when he thought about leaving the army, and finding a job close to home.

Leigh was his rock though. A wonderful wife, and a fantastic mother. She talked him out of quitting the army that she knew he loved, and promised him everything would be alright. “It’ll be okay, honey. I will explain things to Taylor. He’s growing fast now, and he will understand soon. Then…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty-five years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I was a live guest on the Kelly Clarkson Show. I am highlighted in the seventh edition of Jim Trelease's million-copy bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital, and the Massachusetts State House in Boston.
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16 Responses to Photo Prompt Story: Arachnophobia

  1. beetleypete says:

    Just to let you know, this was my most popular post so far this week!
    Thanks again, Jennie. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  2. Darlene says:

    The best photo and story so far!! What a team the two of you make.

  3. Jane Sturgeon says:

    I love this. ❤

  4. petespringerauthor says:

    It brought a huge smile to my face when I saw this on Pete’s blog yesterday. This story fits you perfectly, Jennie, because I know you would be just like this father and help a child not only overcome his/her fears but to find a way to make spiders interesting instead of something to be feared.

    • Jennie says:

      I think Pete knows me well. What a wonderful story! I was so touched, and I would definitely be like the Dad. Thank you, Pete. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  5. Amazing, terrific, fantastic, awesome… Shared from Pete’s blog on Twitter and Facebook and from Jennie’s blog on Pinterest (Reading with kids is Fundamental). THANKS! ❤

  6. I love the photo so very much and Pete’s story moved me to tears. As the daughter and then wife of Army soldiers, I can so very much relate. Thank you Jennie for being you and sharing this.

    • Jennie says:

      This was a story that pulled in all the parts that moved me deeply- reading aloud, children, military, and family. My husband cried big tears when he read it. One of Pete’s best, I think. Best to you, Marlene.

  7. Thank you both for the excellent story. I cried my way through it. You are both great!!!

  8. Thank you for mentioning Pete’s great storytelling. Love his fiction stories too. Michael

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