Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My son the Hero

This might be a little squeamish for some of you so I apologize right up front before I tell you my story. This isn't a hero story you often hear of someone rescuing people from a burning building, it's about how my son was a hero for me. It was Friday afternoon and I was watching a movie on t.v. Something I rarely do, if I watch t.v. it's HGTV that I have on. During a commercial break I decided to get a glass of tea. When entering the dining room just off the kitchen I noticed the screen on the sliding door was open about 6 inches and baby kitten was inside playing with Bear under my table. Since I'm trying to teach him to be an outside kitty, I picked him up and walked down the two steps to my patio. This is where it might start to get a little squeamish, I was knelt down talking to the kitty, assuring him that he will love being outside, when out of the corner of my eye (now remember, I have stepped down two steps, and I'm kneeling) I SEE it. Stretched out, long, silently laying there. A SNAKE!!! I should tell you about now that I am DEATHLY afraid of snakes!!! I still don't know how I did it, but in one swift move I jumped straight up, clearing both steps and backwards!!! through the open sliding door! Screaming, I ran to my son Tyler's room, poor kid couldn't understand a word that I was saying and was I'm sure, at that point, wondering if his mother had lost her mind!! I did manage to get the word snake out and kill it!

Being a wonderful son who could see his mother was a little stressed, he said he would take care of it. At this time, I am on top of my dining room table, no joke, dancing around, and he is on our patio with a shovel and that darned snake is striking at him. He's thinking that he will just shoo it off and I'm crying and screaming for him to kill it. (To everyone who loves animals, I'm sorry) but my fear of the slithery is so deep that I have to know it's dead before I will get off the table or ever venture into my backyard again. After Ty takes care of the snake and is disposing of it, off our property, I'm now thinking that it probably had a buddy who is now in my house!! Again, being the good son that he is, he humors me and searches the whole house, looking under anything a snake could get under! Once he sees that I am calming down, he said, "mom, you do know that snakes don't travel in packs and that was the only snake and he's gone" I agreed and very cautiously, searching the floor to make sure it was safe, got down from my table.

My son Tyler, was my hero and saved his momma from living on top of the dining room table :)

Until Later,


  1. Hi Toni,

    I am so glad that you Son was your hero and came to your rescue.
    That must have been so scary and glad that you were fine.
    We do not have snakes over here.
    I was terrified one day when a little mouse was inside the house and I will have to tell the story one day.

    Is sweet baby bear a Giant Schnauzer ? beautiful dog - we had a Giant Schnauzer Heidi who passed away at 13, last year. I still think every day about her and miss her.


  2. Hi Toni,
    I totally related to your story. I have an uncontrollable fear of snakes as well. Thank goodness your son was home to save you from a life on the dining room table, you must be sooo proud of him:))
    Smiles, Janice

  3. I certainly can relate to your fear because I have an intense phobia of snakes too. Yuck! I can't even look at them on TV...I have to turn my head or close my eyes. When my daughter was little, she always wanted to go in the pet stores. My fear of snakes was so bad I would have to wait outside the door while she went in to see if/where they kept the snake cages. If she came back and reported they were up front, I didn't go in but if they were in the back of the store, I made darn sure I stayed toward the front of the store so I didn't have to get anywhere near them...but I was still uneasy.

    Sadly, a 2 year old girl was killed here in Florida just last week when the mother's boyfriend's "pet" python strangled her. :( I simply cannot understand people having snakes as "pets." ???

  4. Hi Toni,

    The bee image isn't in black & white on the Graphics Fairy, it's in sepia tone. I photoshopped it so that it's in black & white. I have the image on my computer at work and I will email it to you when I get there this morning.


  5. Oh my! I don't blame you a bit for jumping up on the table seeing that! Thank heavens for your son and that he was home! Take care!

  6. I'm the same way about the slithery things. We saw one in the front yard a few weeks ago, heading for the garage. Jay took care of it - as much as I hate to have to do that, I'm not risking one of us or the dog being bitten.

    Three cheers for your son!

  7. Yay for Ty! I'm so scared of snakes, too. I hope you don't have any other slithery encounters!


  8. Hi Toni,
    We all need a HERO!!! While I'm not as afraid of snakes as you are...I still don't want one in my house...I think our dogs would find it and try to "play" with it:)
    Have a great day!!
    Deb :)

  9. Hero indeed!!! TY sonny boy. I would have had a heart attack. Recently while watering plants I heard this 'rustling' in the grass & looked down 2" by my foot was a snake ... dear God in Heaven! I froze & panicked all at the same time...not so smart right!?! Yuck! Go give sonny boy a hug for me. TTFN ~ Marydon
    PS pop over for a visit & join me.

  10. Ohhh I totally think he is a HERO!! I hate em , I hate em, I hate em. The dont even like rubber ones.
    Last week, a man was bit by a snake the was on the shelf at walmart ( we live a very small town so this was big news!!)He thought it was rubber.
    uhhmm I am glad you didnt have pics for this post *grin*


  11. I am afraid of all snakes. I know there are suppose to be good ones, but I am not going to stay around to check one out to find out which are.

  12. I'm so glad your sweet son took care of you! It was very nice of him to look for you even if he was sure there were no more snakes!
    Hugs, Lisa

  13. OHHH...I am deathly afraid of snakes as well. I don't know why. I've never been hurt by one. But if I saw one up close and personal I might have a heart attack, or at least I might have temporary insanity. I can fully empathize with you. As soon as I read "snake" I was was having a cyber fit.

  14. I love your blog, your pictures, and especially the music! Thanks for sharing your hilarious story!

  15. Toni,
    Just popping by to say thanks for leaving a comment on my flower top package post.

    I will come back and read some of your posts later.
    Off to bed with me now.

    Barbara jean

  16. It's nice to have a hero in the house.

  17. Thanks for stopping by and nice compliment on the jewelry. The arm does look a little better this morning. I will probabley go to the drugstore and get something to put over it today and just use something to cover it when out and about. Have a great day. :-)


My door is always open & I hope you will come by often to visit, maybe have a cup of coffee or tea with me. ~Hugs, Toni~