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Unlikely: a snake encounter at the library

Last summer, my kids and I attended an event at the library to learn about and meet live snakes. The snake expert brought several snakes from his collection for show and tell.

It was an entertaining talk, but the best part was when he brought out the various kinds of snakes he took out of black plastic bins. This was an opportunity for the audience to pet, hold, and take pictures with them.

Some rules applied: do not scream, do not pet its head, and do not look straight into its eyes. I didn’t even want to know what would happen if those rules were broken.

Anyhow, I would’ve been happy to admire and only take pictures, but my kids talked me into putting this humongous snake around my shoulders. So here I am in the picture below with my very nervous smile.


Writing and daydreaming have always been two of my favorite things to do. I've been an avid journal writer since junior high school. It was a way for me to survive the complex world of being a Korean-American female straddling two cultures. Journal writing continued through graduate school, but that luxury is now replaced with multitasking to raise and homeschool two young kids. As the self-proclaimed domestic C.E.O. of our home, personal reflection occurs mostly in my subconscious dreams, during solo grocery shopping runs, or when my husband Chris takes the kids to Costco for an afternoon trip.

10 thoughts on “Unlikely: a snake encounter at the library

    1. Thanks for the very encouraging words!! You are the very best at pushing me outside my comfort zone and cheering for me. Love you so much.
      I was ready to dart out the door when the kids started pushing me towards the snake. It wasn’t as bad as I thought, but just the thought of a giant snake around me was freaky. Glad that I got a pic of it.


  1. You look pretty calm, considering. Years ago, when I took kids on a field trip to OMSI (Oregon Museum of Science and Industry) in Portland, we visited the snakes. Our guide said that the woman who handled the snakes was not there, so she would not take them from their habitats because she didn’t want to make them nervous. Good strategy!


    1. Thank you for your comment! So happy to hear from you.
      Oh, how a smile can be so deceiving! hahaha The presenter told us that snakes get nervous around new people, which may be why he advised us not to startle them. Snakes are social creatures who get shy around new people.


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