Grandma and the Snake  

keithcancook 60M
10758 posts
6/6/2005 10:21 am
Grandma and the Snake

When I was 16, I got a snake for a pet. I bought it with my own money and although my parents weren't too keen on the idea, they indulged me. It was a 3 foot boa constrictor, and I thought it was pretty cool. My grandmother however did not like snakes. In fact, she felt that they were representations of evil.

Before she came for her next visit, my parents told me that I had to get rid of the snake while she was here. One of my friends agreed to take the snake for a few weeks so I sent all the stuff over there.

However, he did not clear this with his parents as I had thought. After my grandmother arrived he brought me the snake. He said he could not keep it. He did not bring me the aquarium, as it was too big to carry and he did not have use of a car that night. Another of my friends was due back from a beach vacation the next day, and I planned to take the snake to him.

Now the question was what should I do with a snake without a cage for one night? Being a quick thinker but apparantly not a very deep one, I came up with a plan. My grandmother had done all the laundry that day. My hamper was clear. I pulled a clean t-shirt out of my drawer and put it at the bottom of the hamper along with the snake. Grandmother would not be disturbing laundry baskets at least until the next day, so I felt that I could get the dang snake in and out of my house and no one would be the wiser.

A few hours later all the family were gathered in the den and we were watching a movie together, even grandma. At some point she got up and started piddling around but I took little notice, my attention mostly focused upon the television.

Suddenly a blood curdling scream came from the area of my bedroom. Before anyone could react my grandmother came running into the den. She went to the middle of the room and then went down to the floor. It was the most dramatic scene I had ever witnessed. My mom and dad rushed to her aid. I saw that she was ok (mostly, as I couldn't understand the Italian she was babbling), and being the only one there who had a pretty good idea of what this was all about, I slipped out of there and went to my bedroom. There on the floor was the t-shirt. On the other side of the room was the snake. The poor woman had the dang snake right in her hand! I guess she couldn't abide the fact that there was an unwashed t-shirt and just had to do something about it.

I grabbed the snake and bolted for the door. I didn't know where I was going, I just got the hell out of there. I was in big trouble and I didn't want to face it just then. I started down the street with no destination in mind. Soon the futility of my "escape" became clear, and I turned and headed back home where my stern faced parents awaited me. I got in a lot of trouble for that incident, and as usual, my grandmother interceded for me to lessen the blow.

Over the years, that story has become a family classic.

Barbiebunny69 43F

6/6/2005 12:25 pm

Honsty is the best policy isnt it little keithypoo?

Great story...i woulda thought u were home free Grammas!

GleesFlakyShawl 50M
1620 posts
6/6/2005 12:48 pm

u should have kept the snake in the basement....

rm_EE407 41F
3903 posts
6/6/2005 2:09 pm

great story.... I can imagine your grandma's reaction... and ur parents when u got back....

expatbrit49 62M

6/6/2005 4:24 pm

Well at least she didnt find it under the toilet seat or is that another story LOL

Thank You for Your Time and Attention

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
6/6/2005 6:59 pm

I not a great fan of snakes, a lot of timber rattlers and copperheads around here.
Black snakes are good, I leave them alone. Well, I leave the rattlers and copperheads alone too.

But that poor snake must have been more terrified than anyone.

A quiz for you.
I know the answer and i suppose you could look it up if you were so inclined.

How can you tell if a snake is venomous?
Hint-you'd have to be very close to it.

rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
6/6/2005 9:12 pm

NOPE, guess again
HINT - the eyes have it

I'm picturing a snake with a toothy grin

rm_bella_ 47F
4030 posts
6/6/2005 10:51 pm

Your poor grandmother! Wonderful story!

papyrina 51F
21133 posts
6/7/2005 5:58 am

keith your poor grandmother lol,i bet you tried her patience at every turn lol

I'm a

i'm here to stay

rm_BigDnLady 43M/41F
1140 posts
6/7/2005 7:21 am

Another great story, Keith!!! Grandmothers do always seem to soften the blow when punishments came around!! Really great!!


rm_jayR63 59F
1884 posts
6/7/2005 3:22 pm

DING DING DING! We have a winner!
Miss Candy Sosweet from Rhode Island!
Yes,a poisonous snake has vertical slits as pupils
non poisonous have round ones.
The prize is one hot dog with everything from the White Star grill.
They are some kinda good.

mi_mwpm 51M

6/7/2005 5:02 pm

LOL! Poor Grandma. At least she recovered enough to keep you from being abused too badly.

Tala4u2 54M  
2961 posts
6/8/2005 5:45 pm

Snakes get such a bad . I think I may post on them and sort this out.

Tala, Wizard of The Kingdom of BooBoBia, DEITY,

rm_pchamp012004 55M
2672 posts
6/8/2005 5:56 pm

Keith, I'm new to blogging, and so far this is the most unusual (as well as entertaining) blog I've seen. Keep em coming

juju34single 46F

6/9/2005 10:37 am

Good story!
I bet the poor python was terrified though.
When my mom found out I got my Sinaloan Milksnake she gave me the
'snakes are disgusting' speech.
I smiled into the phone and said "but Mom, he is so cute though!"
Then she changed the subject. lol

virgo2762 54F
3 posts
6/9/2005 8:52 pm

I LOVE the Grandma stories. I was raised by my Grandma and she went out of her way to make me feel special..She was the one person in my life who I knew loved me unconditionally

purejoy4fem 46F/44F
682 posts
6/10/2005 6:00 pm

BTW Keith, what ever happened to the snake? Did you get to keep it?

keithcancook 60M
17777 posts
6/11/2005 6:06 am

Yes, I kept the snake. I got the aquarium and kept the snake outside by the side of the house for a day and then sent him over to my friends house until grandma left the state.

I kept the snake awhile longer, but eventually gave it away to some people my mom knew and that was the end of that. I do not fear snakes like many seem to do, but spiders are another matter... I do not like spiders unless I am admiring their webs (from a safe distance).

redrobin012057 60F

8/8/2006 4:42 am

Sounds as though you were a real terror/handful on your parents and Gradmother....I loved it .... lmao.Thanks Keith.*smooches*

stormyonegood 63F

12/14/2006 3:43 am

Another great grandmother story....LMAO.....good one....

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