Monday, June 10, 2013


dear emily,

several weeks ago, a good friend and i were hiking around turkey
mountain.   in our neck of the woods, you don't really hike UP
anything, because everything is so flat.   we rounded one bend and
stepped over a grass snake.   i felt obligated to scream like a school
girl, since i did go to school once.

my friend said, "don't worry about it, it was just a grass snake."  i
thought, "is there really such a thing as 'just'  a ANY snake?"

i lost all the endorphins i had gathered from the hike and put the last
of my energy into scanning back and forth along the trail like a drone
searching for terrorist snakes.

sure enough, we ran into another harmless grass snake.

"he is more afraid of us than we are of him." (friend)

"really?   well, why is he staring us down like he wants to make the
first strike?"  now, a spoiled princess, i begged to turn around and
go home.   "that was a bad grASS snake."


"now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field."
genesis 3:1


rondalahonda said...

Laughing! But I'd be screaming had I been there. I grew up with snakes(thanks brother Rick) and I hate them all. Last time I was at his house there was a python in the bedroom next to me. Changes your snake perspective.

myletterstoemily said...

ronda: and to think he is a powerful
pastor now!!

Debbie said...

Oh I couldn't agree with you more. There is NO "just" any kind of snake. Soo slithery and slimy looking. haha Enjoy your day!

Tamara Swerline said...

I accidentally ran over a snake in the road on my way to work the other day... yeah, accidentally... that's it. Mine wasn't a harmless grASS snake, it was a rattlesnake.

Vee said...

You clever gal! Hahahahaha... There is no snake that I wish to meet either.

Jodie | Velour said...

you are such a skillful, perspicacious little thing! i LOVE coming here and reading you. it makes me 90% happy that our paths have crossed virtually, and 10% irascible that i don't actually know you in real life... in a way that allows for long chats and hugs around the neck.

Farm Girl said...

I am totally with you there. One was out in the yard the other day trying to get warm and just seeing it my knees get weak. I am sure I would have been exhausted seeing two in one day. Not a fan in any stretch of the imagination.

Lisa said...

I'm with you Lea! Grass just happens to be his location...he's STILL a snake!!!!

Meg said...

Oh blegh! I don't like snakes either. I like your pun, very cute. :)

Champagne Macarons said...

Oh my, a snake. I would certainly run the other way. That is if I didn't faint first ;)
Wishing you a lovely week!
xoxo, B

Joan Elizabeth said...

I'm with you ... all snakes should be given a wide berth.

Given that most of the snakes in Australia are rather poisonous I don't want to take any chances with my identification skills. The Red Bellied Black Snake we saw beside the pool last summer is more poisonous than a rattle snake ... and it's not one of our really bad ones.

As always I love your tales.

Single and Sane said...

Supposedly pointy heads vs. non-pointy heads is supposed to be the clue as to whether or not they're poisonous, but like you, I'm generally too busy screaming and running the other way to determine the shape of the stupid snake's head. Kudos for lasting long enough to see the second one!

Sonja Goodson said...

Me too! My brother used to chase my sister and I with a tiny garden snake when we were in Washington during the summer. He would swing it around in a big circle (he was probably afraid to hold it still, but not too afraid to tease us) I was a complete baby about snakes, still am!

Jenn said...

Too funny! You had me laughing. I love your sense of humor!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Lea, often I wonder about the serpent in the garden...was it a snake? If so, how on earth did Eve ever find herself speaking to it? Seriously! Now, if that serpent looked like Liam Nesson...I'd talk his ear off.
Er, wait, serpents don't have ears, do they? Gosh, how would he listen?