It's been a big old day here for the Moons. First off- that's the little dark gray (and yellow) chick whose picture I couldn't post yesterday. For whatever reason I keep wanting to call all of the chicks "he" and I hope that's not the way it really is. But it will be what it will be.
And so will they.
So anyway, Jess and the boys came out today for a visit and the boys helped Boppy in doing some chores and then August wandered in and wanted a book and then Levon joined us and we had lunch and there were a few more books and just the general stuff. Jessie and I talked as we do, and the fellows worked on painting a model car that they want to put together as their mother helped me put the clean sheets on the bed. The afternoon drew on and Levon started showing signs of getting sleepy. They got ready to leave and we were standing outside the back porch, August already in the part of the yard past the little fence where we park the cars and Levon and Jessie still standing on the porch steps and I was on the ground below them when I saw a snake.
"Be careful, Levon. Look Jessie- a snake." I was trying to identify it in my head but she was faster with it.
"Daddy!" she called. "A rattlesnake!"
And indeed, it was. I'd say a juvenile Eastern diamondback, no real rattles yet but you can see where they will be.
Mr. Moon was there in a split second.
"Get back, Mary," he said. For some reason I felt absolutely no threat from the thing. I mean- I had no desire to grab it but I wasn't worried about being a few feet away from it.
I took its picture.
And of course- the children.
"What are those chickens doing?" Jessie asked.
"I'm going to get my gun," said my husband.
And besides that, the snake was rather beautiful.
None of this was taken lightly or casually. Jessie said a little prayer for the beautiful snake. I told the boys that this was a good lesson to always watch where you are walking, even in town. You never know.
"You're such a country woman," Jessie said to me and I had to agree. There I stood in my holey overalls, having just witnessed all of that and I was not overly upset in the least.
"I never aimed to end up like this," I said. "I guess it was growing up in Roseland."