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Since September rolled around, I’ve been taking my kids to all these awesome nature centers and farms in the area. It’s the perfect outdoor outing except for the scary ass snakes.

For instance, we went to the Stamford Nature Center in Connecticut and we are strolling down a path when all of a sudden my girls say, “Hey, there’s a snake!” And they say it as if it’s a reason for celebration like, “Hey, there’s an ice cream truck!”

But it’s not a chocolate eclair, it’s a SNAKE. And it’s not in a cage (which would be a little more civilized and palatable).  It’s just wiggling around in nature. Like it lives there.

Of course I want to scream out to them, “DON’T TOUCH THE SNAKE. RUN. RUN. OH MY GOD. RUN FOR YOUR LIVES. HE’S GOING TO KILL YOU.”

But it’s a garter snake and I don’t believe a mother should pass on her phobias to her children so I say, “Oh, a snake! Yes, take a look. I don’t personally care for snakes, sort of the way Summer doesn’t care for tomatoes so I’m going to keep walking down the path.”

And then I started pushing the twins so fast in their stroller to get by the “snake sighting spot” that I think the duo glider momentarily took flight.

I barely recovered from that incident, when we went to the Greenburgh Nature Center in Westchester to see a butterfly exhibit. But right upstairs from those beautiful precious butterflies is a room where you can pet all kinds of animals. And Summer and Dylan were tripping over themselves to get as close as possible to one gigantic snake.  I can’t post a picture because then I’d never be able to pull up my own blog again.

And I just love when people say, “But they aren’t slimy. Their skin feels quite dry!” as if that is finally going to make me cuddle up to one.

My mother, who came to the nature center with us, watched as the girls pet anything and everything offered up to them from snakes to a bearded dragon to a gecko and she was in shock because these are the same girls who are TERRIFIED of her 10 lb sweet as peaches dog Lilly.

If only Lilly looked more like a reptile.

mama bird notes:

A big thank you to Babble for including me in their list of Top 50 Twitter Moms. I’m very flattered.

Of course, I now have Twitter writer’s block.

And check out Andi Silverman’s piece in NY Observer Playground on celebs and breastfeeding. On page 82. She was kind enough to include a quote from me.

19 Responses to there are no photos of snakes in this post

  • Pearl Wisdom says:

    My daughter has decided she loves spiders. Every night, she wants to read a book about spiders before going to bed. One of her favorite books includes a picture of a brown recluse bite. I’m really hoping this phase passes quickly because spiders give me the heebs!! I feel your pain!!

  • Marinka says:

    So you told the older girls to go ahead and pet the snakes, while you whisked the twins to safety?


    One of my biggest fears was that my kids would want some kind of a reptile as a pet. Because we’d have to get different apartments. In different buildings.

  • Abby says:

    Thank you for not posting a picture because then I would not be able to read your blog again EVER. I am ABSOLUTELY TERRIFIED of s+++++. I can’t look at a picture of one without freaking out, let alone the time I did see one waiting to go to the statue of liberty (some idiot wore it around his neck) and I dropped to the ground and curled up in the fetal position in front of 1,000 people. I have no desire to get over it, either, as many have suggested. 🙂

  • Betsy says:

    I love how kids love some things and others not so much. Dylan was not so into the first day of kindergarten, but the snakes, yeah. You got to love it. Mine is afraid of Disney movies. She loves those princesses, but just don’t put them into one of those scary movies.

  • johanna says:

    Snakes are the only thing on this planet that I am really deathly afraid of. I mean the whole wrapping around your neck thing panic’s me!

  • Issa says:

    For some reason the only part of this that stuck with me was chocolate eclairs. Yum.

    Oh snakes…meh. I do not like them, but they don’t freak me out. Mine is rodents. *shudder*

    My girls are terrified of ants. But they’d like to hold every dam rat/hamster/furry evil creature of doom, at the pet store.

  • I love how you calmly communicated your preference of snakes as to not freak out your kids. Note to self: remember this next time you take your kids to a public bathroom and your germ-a-phobe tendencies come into play.

  • Jenny says:

    Gah! I’m with you. Snakes are vile!

    My cousin put his king snake in my face when I was 12, and I tried to kill it with a broom…. I haven’t been the same since.

  • ~Laura says:

    Oh God, the horror!! I would have booked out of there also. I’m afraid you may have slithery things begging for a place as a household pet in a few years!

  • Rebecca S. says:

    I admire your reserve. When I see snakes in the wild (and sometimes my garden), I scream. At least it wasn’t a dead raccoon.

  • circus daily says:

    Congratulations with the twitter award. That’s awesome. I have a twitter account tied to the blog, but have no idea really how to use it. I’m also a bit lazy to figure it out as I’m sure it must be somewhat self explanatory with the hugh following it has. Love your blog!!! It always makes me smile and laugh.

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