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Are Snakes enemies or friends of humans?
The Kiss of Death or Deception
A TALE OF TWO SNAKES
Ok, don't laugh, but if you remember my story on beware of the duck, you won't believe there is one thing that scares me worse than the bird. I remember reading where someone characterized me as having a bird phobia and I was offended until I took a brief mental reflection on my encounters with birds and the offense melted away, actually evaporated. I remember my mother and I working out on the track in a rural area and to my horror there was a baby snake that met me halfway on the track.
I screamed and jetted leaving my Mom behind. I glanced back and saw her running, too for the first time. "Brittany, what was it?!" (I shrank in embarrassment.) "There was a snake on the track, Ma!" "Brittany, you ran from that baby snake, the size of an earthworm!" Instant laughter erupted, even from me and Mom, but I knew in the back of my mind I knew it was a very real fear!
My first memory of encountering a snake was on an ordinary day, my cousin Ashley and I decided that we wanted to make a tree house/club house. We were always told countless times stay out of the woods, but that's like baby next to the bottle and saying don't drink. We lived in a pretty rural town and behind our homes and backyards was a field. For us kids, it was the field of dreams, the field of adventures, we were the original explorers, before Dora, this was the late eighties. We did adventurers such as find the wail, by wale, I mean not a killer whale, but the kind that can suck you in and literally kill you.
If I had stumbled upon the real factual wale that existed I most likely would not be here to write this. So, back to the snake mines, so with this great idea, we needed to scout out a good spot, preferable near the plums, etc. That way we could have food and fun, win-win, right? So we found the perfect spot and we decided to declare it ours, so we decided we need to go back to get seating.
All of a sudden out of nowhere, there it is, we locked eyes, I looked towards the exit, then back towards the snake, I made a dash right pass my cousin and headed for a safe haven. (At this point its every girl for herself, to my defense somebody has to be the one to get help!) The snake ran right past my cousin (can you believe it, wasn't she easier, she was frozen, but no he wanted to be in hot pursuit of me.) and headed for my direction since I had a head start I jumped on the pump house, safety at last.
I let out a laugh as if I had defeated it. Two seconds later, here comes the snake, I swear it was hissing and jumping at me, as I looked down screaming, then I guess it gave up and slithered away. My cousin entered the scene unharmed and all I could say was, "Snake tried to kill me, did you see? He wanted to kill me, but couldn't reach me!" She looked at me with surprise and wonderment. We ran to the house.
Needless to say that was not my last battle with the snake, throughout my childhood I ran from snakes both in the field and in my dreams. I thought can I ever escape a snake, my goodness. Then, there was the house on the second street that was condemned and was taken over by snakes. Oh, the horror! Then, the store Bi-Lo was built, C.V.S., Rent-A-Center, Dollar General, and now Wal-mart that ran hundreds of snakes (if not thousands, we are talking about a lot of acres of land.). Those locations are all located in a very close proximity of my neighborhood not even a quarter of a mile. (Oh, the humanity!)
I remember taking my daughter to the Zoo and the very next day a poisonous snake had escaped, in my mind it was the snake that was hitting the glass hissing at me. Maybe, I had taken it out of context and let my imagination go crazy, but snakes have always presented a real danger to me. I remember in school, our teacher told us we were going to have to pet the snake, I told my Mom and I think I was the only kid that didn't touch it. I saw the crack in the case and that was enough for me.
As a Baptist, growing up hearing the creation story, I demonized the snake. For me as a child, if only Eve had stayed away from that snake. Then, I saw it as the woman and the snake are mortal enemies from that instance. Then, there was the jungle book, the snake with the hypnotizing eyes that said, "Trust in me!" That snake might have fooled the boy, but not me for even a minute, lol.
So, this is my sorted history, so to speak with snakes, what do you think? Are they great pets? Are they fun to have? Natural born killers and eternal enemies of humans? Is the myth about snake and pregnant women true? How would you handle and encounter with a snake and you?
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