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Met a Snake in the Ladies’ Room
Thank God it was not a rattlesnake
About 32 years ago I had an ileocystoplasty. This is a bladder reconstruction where 80 percent of my bladder was replaced with small intestine. I don’t know how successful the surgery was; however, I have used the restroom frequently every since.
Because teachers are not supposed to leave classes unattended, I go to the restroom at the end of each class. Today at the end of 5th period, I made my usual trip to the ladies room which is right next to my classroom. As I opened the door to leave the ladies room, I saw a long colorful object on the floor. I did a double take and recognized that it was a snake with his head raised off the floor about an inch.
At first I thought one of my students was trying to trick me. Then I saw it move ever so slightly. I started to scream and jump around. Two of my students were watching and asked what was wrong. I pointed to the snake and said, “A SNAKE!” They offered to take it out for me.
By this time, I was talking from behind my classroom door. The janitor opened my door and I screamed again. I thought someone was bringing the snake in. The janitor, unaware of the snake, was coming for his complimentary flavored water that I often give him. The kids were laughing and I told him about the snake. He said, “Oh I see them all the time.” He explained that they come out in hot weather looking for water. That’s why the snake was on his way to the bathroom!
Later students told me that they see snakes all the time when in PE when they run on the hill. The janitor said most of the snakes are garden snakes; however, he said he had set a gopher trap and caught a rattlesnake.
I went the ladies room three more times before leaving campus. Each time I kept the outside door open until I full inspected the 5x5 room, including the toilet. Then I thought, “If a snake can get in the bathroom, what about my classroom.” My classroom has 3 small rooms for storage, a wardrobe room, a large classroom and an office. There are many places for a snake(s) to hide. I will not possibly be able to check every inch of that room throughout the day.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:34