GEORGE AND THE COBWEB
George's parents came to the US from Poland, after World War II. When George was growing up his parents were still learning English.
One day, when George was six years old, someone mentioned a cobweb to him. Now, George knew about spiders webs. He knew that a spider made a web to catch bugs in and that a spider generally lived in its web. But George did not know what a cob web was. He didn't even know what a COB was or if he'd ever seen one.
George went home to ask his parents. They had never heard of one either.
"Maybe its a kind of insect that only lives in America," they said.
George began to wonder, to imagine and to worry. In his mind, the cob grew very big. Its webs were enormous. It might even catch people in its web. (Have you ever been caught in a cob web?) As time went by, he grew more and more afraid of these scary cobs.
One day, several years later when George was at a friend's house, he ran into a dusty web.
“Watch for the cob webs.” his friend said, seeing the dust in George's hair.
“Where?” asked George. “What is a cob web?”
Then his friend explained that sometimes dusty webs were called cobwebs.
George laughed and laughed. From then on he was hardly afraid of anything. Nothing could be as frightening as a cob, and now he knew all about them!