Friday, April 10, 2009

SNAKE!

snake - n. - limbless scaly elongated reptile; some are venomous

As I was cutting the grass today, I watched the tail end of the serpent slip into the weeds by the creek bed. Releasing the bar, stopping the engine, I yelled SNAKE! It was in this moment I learned how this word is translated into boy, the language of the adolescent male of the human kind.

SNAKE! - v. - to come running, try to catch, make a pet of a limbless scaly elongated reptile; some are venomous

If this verb is followed by a request to show it to the boy's mother, one must consider the density of the ground, as you will be sleeping on it until you "learn better."

It is amazing how much fun (trouble) one can get into cutting the grass.

14 comments:

Candie Bracci said...

Ah snakes.Don't have many around,I respect them but don't like them much.As a symbol it's really powerful I think.I don't think they are as bad as they say,in some cultures they are good omen no?And in dreams?I don't know,you know?

Have a nice weekend :)

Rob said...

Snakes, why'd it have to be snakes.
I hate em.

Squirrel said...

I love seeing snakes and newts and salamanders ~ plenty of them up in The Catskills... the poisonous ones are extra shy and endangered so I've never seen one of those. My favorite is the black racer, which looks charcoal grey to me!

Squirrel said...

I guess snakes are symbols of ??? they shed their skin, they curl and shimmy along, fast, never looking back. I don't know what positive symbolism they would have... but they get a bad rap over that apple deal.

Brian Miller said...

lol. snake symbolism is pretty diverse. strength, treachery, life, death rebirth....and the list goes on...individually they don't bother me. fall into a pit of them, i'd probably lose it.

Daniel said...

Wait, you said that mowing the lawn is fun?? I must be doing it totally wrong then.

Megan said...

I actually like snakes. I think because when I was eight the local zoo brought a bunch non venomous to my school and we got to handle them and learn about them all day long. So neat.

Dot-Com said...

Scary! I'm glad we don't have snakes in Ireland :-)

Maggie May said...

I grew up playing in a canyon all the time and saw snakes of all kinds, but the rattler babies were by far the freakiest.

Brian Miller said...

baby rattlers? lol. i will assume you meant the real deal...i imagine they would be.

Ronda Laveen said...

In upper northern California, we have lots, and I mean lots, of rattlers...baby and humongous. They babies are as deadly as the adults. They love our hot, hot, hot climate. We always have them but every 5-7 years, it is said that they "migrate." During the migration, there will be many interactions, sitings and bites. The bites, ultimately, can cause death. At minimum, they cause nicrosis of tissue. Somehow, we always just take them for granted and as a part of the landscape. Most of the time, no big whoop.

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Nabeel said...

well, glad you're ok and happy that you spotted the snake before it spotted you. Well it probably spotted you long before you knew. Anyway, question. I see that you are using the new template but your green column (the right column) doesn't go all the way down (there's white space toward the bottom). I went through the same issue, have you tried to solve it?

Mrsupole said...

Boys will be boys and play with just about anything. This is what probably makes them men when they grow up.

I am okay to stay away, although in High School Biology it was kinda fun to watch them eat mice. The lump moving so slowly that you barely saw it move.

God bless.