Snake In The House

Did I ever tell you about the snake in my house?

I don’t want to make myself look all girly and such, but it happened.  And it still freaks me out.

Many years ago, in another land, with another husband, and with young children, I lived out in the country, up on a hill.   No lie, I really did.   One fine day we had gone to a pond with some of the kids to go fishing.   The kids packed little duffel bags with toys and books and such.   There was plenty of room to play.   We spent an afternoon fishing and eating and for some, avoiding fishing, but playing.   Things were scattered all about.  It was a private pond so we had the entire place to ourselves.

Later in the evening we went home.  Everything was carried in to the house.

Kids got showers.  Dinner was done.  Dishes were done.  I was walking the long hallway, in the dark, to the living room.  I could see a belt on the floor and bent to pick it up.  Instinct told me, wait, the kids don’t wear belts.  I know where my belts were.   And the husband of the time would not have thrown his belt on the floor in the hallway.

I back pedaled, quickly, to the light switch.  Flipped it.


There lie a frigging SNAKE.

Oh man I can barely even write this.

I started screaming like a girl.   I know I am one, shut up!

The kids started screaming, even though they were in their rooms and didn’t know why I was screaming.

The husband of the time wanted to know what my problem was.   He stepped to the hallway and turned and ran the other way!

I could not believe it!

But give him credit, it was to retrieve his weapon of choice.

A broom.

I stepped in to my office, and I’m ashamed to admit this, jumped up on my desk.  The kids were still screaming.   By now, hearing me screaming “it’s a snake, get it” like a mantra for survival.

I picked up  the phone from the desk, because I was going to try and climb the walls and hang from the ceiling.  And I needed to let someone know how I died of panic.

Suddenly I start hearing “thud thud thud”.   And cussing.  Which I won’t repeat here.  I called my friend, my co-worker at the time.  Julie answered the phone.  I’m still panic stricken and yelling at her that there’s a snake in my house.   And bless her heart.  You know what she did?    She started yelling, letting me know she was pulling her legs up and getting up on her chair.  Then she tells me that where there is “a” snake there are TWO.

Yes, she told me that.  And was quite serious.

Continued thudding from the living room, where the snake had slithered to.  I kept yelling at him to get it out of here!   He kept yelling at the snake.

The kids were terrified.

And now I was sure there was another snake.  Do I go look, to protect the kids?  Hell no!  I stayed on the desk.

I kept yelling at the kids.   Everything’s okay.   Not a one of us believed it.  They were yelling if there were more.

How the hell do I know?   Okay, in all honesty I did not say that.  But it’s what I was thinking.

I was still trying to scale the walls.

There was still thudding going on.   For crying out loud pick it up and get it out.  I did yell that.   He told me to come out and pick it up if I thought anyone was going to do that.

So much for chivalry.

Yes, he was addressing the snake.  I just wanted it done quicker.

Oh, Julie is still on the phone.  Yelling with me.  Then she started laughing.   Of course I saw the humor in this.   But panic was first and foremost my reaction of the moment.   I got off of the phone with Julie.

Silence echoed from the living room.

“Did you get it?”

“Yeah, you want to see it?”

In plain English my interpretation of what I said was “no”.

The kids meanwhile are still looking around, and probably perched on something high.  Like me.   I could not make myself step off of that desk.

When I realized someone had  to be the adult I waited for him to take the snake out of the house.  I checked on the kids.  I think we all shaved a minute or two off of our lives that night.

We spent the next two years looking for that other damn snake.

And an FYI:   do not ever take duffel bags, book bags, brown paper bags, or other such nonsense that snakes can crawl in to, with you when you go fishing.

Every bag in the house that night was thrown outside.

14 thoughts on “Snake In The House

  1. I worked once in an office connected to a large repair building. One day I stepped out of my office and almost stepped on a snake. I got into my truck and went home for the rest of the day. Problem solved.


    • AMEN! I give myself credit for not running out of the house and leaving everyone to fend for themselves. Not that I was any help being there.


  2. This was funny, only because I can easily imagine myself doing the same thing and even Tyler seeing the snake and running the other way, although he wouldn’t come back haha!


  3. HAHAHAHAHA! 🙂 I don’t blame Tyler. But I’m sure he would get you and the baby out with him. I hope. Tyler? Right?


    • I’m glad it’s not just me. There are a few family and friends who mock me for not liking this creature. I won’t go out of my way to hurt one. Actually I couldn’t even if I wanted to because I can’t stand to be near them. But they do not need to go out of their way to hurt me either.


  4. I am laughing out loud. However, I have to tell you about the snake in my dorm room in college. Being on the top bunk in a 3-person room, I awoke with a start in the middle of a cold, dark December night. SCREAMING at the top of my lungs to Mary and Bev, my sweet, unassuming, and normally patient roomies. “A SNAKE!!! There’s a SNAKE IN MY BED!” i screamed. Mary, being the most level-headed of us, flipped on the light, while Bev, usually groggy when awakened, ran out of the room – to return in less than 2 minutes with a broom and a mop. ??? A mop??? Anyway, Mary took the broom and demanded that I jump off the bed (why I was still in the bed screaming I don’t know). She proceeded to beat the bed like it was burning – with the broom. Bev joined her with the mop handle, and both looked like women possessed, beating the hell out of my bed. I stood on the floor, struck numb by the sight of my roommates beating my bed.
    “What are you doing???” I asked, clearly stunned at this sight.
    “We’re killing the damn snake!” they said…or something to that effect.
    “WHAT SNAKE???” I shouted, now panicking..
    “The snake in your bed!” they said —-
    Then one of them stopped beating the bed and turned to me – “Patty, did you see a snake in your bed?”
    “No – I didn’t see a snake in my bed!” I wondered if they’d gone mad.
    “Did you DREAM there was a snake in your bed???” Mary asked, with just a tinge of anger in her voice.
    “I think so,” I said – head down, and feeling a bit embarrassed.

    Yes, I did – I dreamed there was a snake in my bed. My poor roomies must have lain awake the rest of the night, but I hopped back up to the top bunk and slept like a baby on a VERY soft mattress with its stuffing rearranged.


  5. harhar! you’re a master funny storyteller! I have enjoyed the entire scenario but not and never the thought of snake. One of my fears and the 2 occasions that I have encountered snakes I was speechless and terrified.

    The other day I was reading this news ‘Foreclosing on a Bunch of Snakes’ and the video terrifies me. Not one snakes, a bunch!

    Thanks for sharing your story. At least there’s something funny to remember with snakes 🙂


    • I’ve missed you Bendedspoon! I can’t even look at the video if there are snakes in it! I am glad it is not just me! It was funny, and I knew it was funny when it was happening. But it still freaked me out!


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.