With Spring Comes Danger
By Nikki Pelezo / Dirt Roads
About five years ago, on a warm Spring evening, I was enjoying watching the news laid out in my trusty recliner. Doors were thrown open to take in those aromatic wisteria filled breezes, when out of the corner of my eye, I spied a movement by the front door hallway. The THING literally rolled right smack in the middle of my living room. Yes, it was a snake. A cold menacing reptile coming, no doubt, to do me harm.
The very first word out of my mouth was “Charlie”, the second word was “Quick”. Charlie barreled out of the computer room on his way to get the .410, knowing robbers were at his door. Grabbing the .410 he runs into the living room demanding to know where the robbers were hiding. All I could do was point at the huge menacing reptile coiled in the middle of the living room. Charlie took one look at the huge menacing reptile and snorted.
He reached down and picked up all FOUR INCHES of the huge menacing reptile and mumbled something about “a little chicken snake, good for killing mice and I’m taking the little thing outside.” I cried, “but it’s a SNAKE.” Charlie looked at me as I was wringing my hands, standing in the middle of my recliner, and took the huge menacing snake outside. I heard what he said to the snake, “Awe, don’t mind Nikki, she gets a little excited.”
Now, every Spring, I have to sit in the house with all the doors closed in fear of the huge menacing snake’s return. Here it is 2012 and the snake should be five times as big as he was five years ago, and it knows my name.