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The Whitehurst Diaries: We are Daughters of Eve
I'm told there are 'good snakes.' I scream and levitate upon encountering any snake - underfoot, overhead, dead or alive. - SHARON WHITEHURST
Comments re photo 45056 Working snake Going to dinnerBy Sharon Whitehurst
I find it intimidating enough to be watchful for snakes underfoot.
Until our daughter and son-in-law bought their place on Old Gradyville RD and began to point out snakeskins draped along the branches of their dooryard maples, I hadn't considered Kentucky as hosting tree-climbing serpents.
I'm told there are 'good snakes.' I scream and levitate upon encountering any snake - underfoot, overhead, dead or alive.
And I don't linger to discern the shape of their heads or the set of their eyes.
Years ago, confessing my horror of snakes to an elderly friend, she responded ruefully; "We are daughters of Eve - and we don't forget!" - Sharon WhitehurstThanks, Sharon Whitehurst: I guess there is a theological answer to the snake issue. I married into a family of devout Metcalfe County snakekillers. Mema, who packs heat, considers herself a Daughter of Eve, but even more, a sister of Annie Oakley. I've always held to the policy of just giving them ground, applying only William Faulkner's doctrine from "The Bear": They leave me alone, I leave them alone.
This particular arboreal slitherer does have a disconcerting habit, however, of falling out of trees; hence my own name for them, the "Kerplop Snake." It's happened a many a time in my Gradyville Days, where particularly healthy ones grow. None of my female kin approve of the snake pictures, but if Judy Grant is brave enough take a portrait of one, and shares a get-a-long-aness with me, I just felt compelled to run the snake picture she took. -ED WAGGENER
This story was posted on 2012-05-06 13:31:47
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