Do you remember when we watched a tiny spider
As it spun a dainty cobweb all of gold;
When we marveled at the beauty of weaving
And we wondered how its tiny strands could hold?
Do you recall the intricacy of the pattern
And the iridescent radiance of the hue,
As the sun shone on the wispy lacy meshes
Enhancing unknown dreams for me and you.
How little did we know as we two stood there
That a spider’s thread so fragile, could entwine
The souls of earthly mortals so securely,
That all your dreams are now a part of mine!
— Gladys Ihde, Oshkosh
The Oshkosh Northwestern (Oshkosh, Wisconsin) Mar 14, 1938
According to the 1930 census, Gladys was 23, single and a public school teacher living with her parents in Oshkosh.