Michael wanted adventure and looked for it everywhere. If there was a river he wanted to cross it, not because the grass was greener on the other side, but because he didn’t like the grass he was on. Anything was better than the grass he was on.
He didn’t think about it that way, of course. He wanted to live life to the fullest, to experience it all, to see all that could be seen with his two eyes, to hear all the noises people could hear, to smell the flowers where they grew.
Eventually Michael had seen all the things and smelled all the things and crossed all the things and climbed all the things and eventually all the different trees just looked like trees because even though they were different, he was still the same person seeing them.
So he bought a small house in the woods and he tried to think about all the things he had done, but all of his memories felt the same because he was in all of them. The spiders that hid in the corners of his home built their webs without worry because Michael couldn’t even see them anymore. Webs were webs and it didn’t matter where they were.
Michael met a woman who had also seen all the things and they began to spend a lot of time together. They talked about the trees and the rivers and they understood each other because they could relate. Soon enough, they were married and they were happy because they wanted the same things.
Many years later, the spiders had all but taken over their home. There was barely a square foot that was left unwebbed around them. Their hands were bound and their eyes barely opened. They were mummies, preserved in their lives, full of the memories they had each collected and shared and there wasn’t a reason to stand up anymore.
Many, many years later, a young couple was wandering through the woods when they stumbled upon a giant white cabin. As the approached, they realized there were no windows or doors to be opened. This wooden home had been completely engulfed in spiderwebs.
And the young couple held each other and stood in awe, because they had not yet seen it all.