The Union of the Snake, #1005


I woke up this morning and do what I always do – I went to our back yard to let my dogs out.  I always sit outside with them in the morning for a few minutes, and today when I let them out, I noticed immediately that they were taking interest in something.  Holy crap!  It was a snake! They were sniffing it, and it was very clearly alive.  Fortunately, it wasn’t rattling, but it didn’t have the stripes on it that I recognize in a King snake either.

I didn’t know what kind of snake it was, and I needed my dogs to get away from it.  There definitely wasn’t an opportunity to grab the camera, so I don’t even have a picture to share with all of you.

I started shouting my dogs’ names to call them inside.  When that didn’t work, I began clapping my hands loudly.  There was no way I was putting myself between the dogs and the snake, and by some miracle, the snake must have gotten scared from all the noise and attention.  He slithered his way up our retaining wall and crawled over it into the desert.  Phew, he was gone, but his presence was known.  My Beagle sniffed the ground where he had been over and over again.  He glared at me as if he was trying to say, “Darn!  That was my breakfast, and you let him get away!”

What a way to wake up this morning!  It is not an uncommon Tucson desert dweller’s story, but it’s one that is etched in my mind permanently.  Blech – snakes are one part of the desert I could do without.

I can’t think about much else this morning, so my song of the day has to be a snake song.  Duran Duran can make anything better, so here is their “Union of the Snake.”  I’m staying indoors today!



About tucsonsongstress

I am a music teacher for children ages 6-weeks-old - 8th grade. I am also a camp songleader and a Jewish music specialist with and without my husband who is known as Shabbat Scott. We love singing with people of all ages all over Tucson. My "song of the day" idea originally started by playing music challenges on Facebook. I loved choosing songs, and my friends seemed to love reading and listening to my choices. I have decided to continue a daily blog (or as daily as I can manage) and tell you all some stories through some songs that have touched me either in wonderful ways or by annoying the heck out of me. Hope you all enjoy this blog! Happy singing!

One response »

  1. I encountered a rattle snake once while hiking in California – it freaked me out and I also found myself humming Union of the Snake for the rest of the day! Pop Culture is a great way to recover from trauma.

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