Monday, August 1, 2011

The Case for a Pet Snake

The boys beat the heat at the Indianapolis Children's Museum.

There's a video circulating on the internet of a snake crawling out of the hood of a moving car. The video shows the snake slithering across the windshield while the van barrels down the highway at 65 miles an hour. The clearly petrified family provides commentary while the viewer remains riveted about what exactly will happen to the snake and the family.

I allowed the boys to watch the video. As expected, they were enthralled. Afterwards, the conversation largely centered on snakes and their thoughts on what sort of snake would be really cool to climb out of our vehicle's engine. (Thanks to them, I've thought about it every time I've entered the car!) Of course, Caleb spearheaded the conversation and began to desperately plead for a pet snake.

I think I can be convinced to adopt many a pet, but snakes are where I draw the line.

"When pigs fly," I thought. "Yes, that's when we'll get a snake."

Caleb continued to eloquently present his case for a snake. He listed all the "good" qualities of a pet snake. His final point: "Snakes are free exterminators. You can cancel that exterminator service we use. Think of the money we'll save."

I laughed and said, "I'd rather pay for the exterminator."

Nice try.

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