Snakes freak me out! About two years ago my husband got up to let the dog out late one night and encountered a snake slithering down the passage towards my daughters bedroom. He calmly shouted to me to stay in bed - big mistake - I of course needed to know exactly why he was telling me to stay in bed, got up to investigate and completely flipped my lid when I saw him cornering the snake while my eldest daughter gleefully approached with the kitchen tongs!!But the snake incident that gives me goosebumps to this very day occured a couple of months ago. We returned home one day to find a note stuffed into our garden gate, it was from a woman who lives on our block, informing us that she had lost her python. Her huge, ugly, monstrous, reticulated python had gone AWOL! Oh my word, this is not the kind of note I ever envisioned receiving from a neighbour.
I walked around with goosebumps the entire weekend, imagining this enormous python leering at me from every corner. My family were in fits of laughter, watching me surreptitiously peering into the trees and examining every dark corner I came across. What I would actually have done had I come across said python, apart from losing control of my bladder, I don't really know. I never had a decent night's sleep all weekend, but by the time Monday rolled around, I determined to put the python from my mind and carry on as usual.
Until the Thursday that is, when a photograph of the python in question appeared in our local newspaper. There it was in all its glory wrapped around the body of our neighbour. It was huge, it covered her from head to foot and was curled around and around her body. I stared at it with horrified fascination and pictured it lurking somewhere in my house, creeping onto my bed in the dead of night.... Sleep did not come easily to me for a few more days!
Whether or not the python was ever found I don't know. I actually hadn't thought about it for some time. In fact I'm kind of wishing I hadn't thought about it now....
Prompted by Sunday Scribblings
Photo by KhayaL