With that being said, I was thinking of an embarrasing story that happened to me about 2 years ago. My children would love that I am humiliating myself by telling you this story. Do you know how I know? Because to this day, they still find a way to remind me of it in front of my peers and remind them of how much of a sissy I am. So, if you see me on the sidewalk, I do not give you permission to call me a sissy, as I might have to just throw down on you :)
I get a frantic call from my mom about 2 years ago (who I might mention is not a big fan of snakes either), and she tells me I have to come up to her log home immediately. I pile into the truck with my 2 boys and we head up to grandmas. What I didn't know was that she had walked into her bathroom and there above the door when she was exiting the room, was a snake coiled up smack dab above the door on a ledge. When I went into the bathroom to see what all the fuss was about, I literally screamed like a little sissy girl and about shed my skin. I bolted out of that bathroom as fast as I could. Do you remember the movie "The Great Outdoors" with John Candy and Dan Akroyd? It was the same type of incident that they had, when the bat flew through the house. I was freaked out. I might add that my two boys were ready to reach up there and grab the thing.
I wasn't about to grab that snake, and I sure wasn't going to let my boys grab it. So we called a man down the road, Lafayette Masters, to come rid us of our problem. When Lafayette came over, he reached right up there and grabbed that snake. With that same motion, this 6'6" hunk of a man (that means husky not attractive:) jumped up on a chair. Lafayette got the biggest kick out of that, and so did my boys. After all, it was just a garter snake. For all I knew, it was a king cobra bound and determined to slay us all.
A few months later we were visiting the Game Reserve in Frankfort at the KY Game, Fish, and Wildlife Center. There was a young girl sitting there holding a 6 foot Black Snake. All three of my kids instantly gravitated towards that serpent. Guess what they said? "Daddy won't come over here and pet that snake." I told them that I had been putting them on all these years, and that I had no fear of snakes. I went right up to that snake and started petting it. I held it and carressed it. After my kiddos and wife picked their jaws back up off the ground, I very quietly slipped around the corner... I shuddered and shook, and used a whole jar of Purell Hand Santizer on my hands and arms. I thought I could quite possibly start vomitting at any moment. After I composed myself, I went back around the corner to where my family was standing. My kids said, "Wow dad, I am proud of you for touching the snake." What more did I need than that?
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