That Hilarious Moment When...

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
This essay is a narrative of a very funny event that happened one evening when I came back from school.

Submitted: May 30, 2013

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We all have those moments when family matters clearly have a humorous effect on your day, and I think that this story deserves to be told.

The snake was black and white, two to three feet long.  It slithered all over the garage, and by doing so, frightened my mom and dad. I am an “expert”, that’s right, “expert”, in identifying snakes by their color and pattern, and I easily discerned that we were dealing with a California King snake, harmless and definitely not poisonous. My mom however, thought it was a poisonous rattlesnake. I tried to tell her that this wasn’t a rattlesnake, but just a harmless California King snake. Refusing my input, she got to work on getting rid of the snake.

As it happens, next to the garage is our room full of all my sports equipment and toys that I have collected over the years. As fortune would have it, we were lucky enough to acquire a cricket bat, with which my mother used to “whack” the snake, as she said it; however, never having used a cricket bat in her life, her attempts to beat the snake were futile, and she ended up denting her car a little bit. To this day, there is still a dent beneath the headlights of her Acura.

While my mom was batting her car, my dad entered the room. I don’t think it was the first snake he ever saw, but he was still spooked. My parents’ natural response to an unfamiliar creature is trying to beat it with whatever tools we had handy, as my mother had just demonstrated. As time progressed the situation was getting increasingly out of hand, and with each passing minute, chaos ensued. Since we were obviously inexperienced in crises, we decided to contact animal control, and let them take care of business. I don’t think it will be very surprising to hear that animal control put us on hold for a LONG time. Dad was getting really frustrated, and slammed the phone back into the holder.

With all the pandemonium, the snake comfortably nestled into my dad’s shoe. He chased the snake off of the shoe and threw the shoe away. We followed the snake into the backyard, where it slowly made its way to the neighbor’s backyard. My mom insisted on calling the neighbors and letting them know of the “dangerous” situation they were in. I decided not to cause unnecessary pandemonium, considering that the snake was completely harmless. Once again, refusing my advice, called the neighbors. My premonitions were confirmed, and more havoc ensued.

I just couldn’t bear this anymore. My parents were blindly trying to solve a problem that would just solve itself. The snake would just slither away, being completely harmless. I looked up California King Snake on my trusty laptop, and walked over into the backyard. My parents and the neighbors were all huddled up around this one patch of grass in which the snake rested upon, much resembling he way moths flock towards a flame. I tapped on my parents’ shoulders to inform them of the situation. Ignoring me, they told me to go back into the house, because this was too dangerous a situation for a kid to be a part of. After about ten minutes, however, they asked me what I thought they should do. I told them that they should stop worrying and let nature take its course. They were confused. I then explained that what I meant by that statement was to just let the snake be free. It was a harmless snake that couldn’t do anything to harm us. The best thing to do was to just let the snake slither away on it’s own and just go back to our normal lives. For a moment, they just stood there. But, they then asked me to show to them that this wasn’t a rattlesnake. I sighed, went to my laptop, and opened up a Wikipedia tab. I showed them that we were dealing with a California King snake, and that we should all just calm down and return to normal. Finally, they heeded my advice, and went back to their normal lives.

Looking back on the situation, I couldn’t help but think that it was slightly amusing, and this was a “nice” family moment.

 


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