Candy Rant

"I killed a rat with a stick once."

Sunday, November 02, 2008

What My Sister Found on Her Backyard Patio the Night Before Halloween

She said he was very lethargic from the cold weather, and it took him a long, long time but he finally worked his way off the concrete and back into the grass.

He looks so pitiful that he reminded me of this little poem by Richard Brautigan.

"The Alarm-Colored Shadow of a Frightened Ant"

The alarm-colored shadow of a frightened ant
wants to make friends with you, learn all about
your childhood, cry together, come live with


  • At 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I thought your family had a 'kill em quick' policy with all snakes.

  • At 1:20 PM, Blogger Candy Rant said…

    This is true. My mother is a known snake murderer. But this snake was too tiny for her to kill with the help of her usual hoe. (Insert joke here.)

    And she didn't have time to find a pickle fork.

  • At 3:11 PM, Blogger Citlali said…

    omg, he's simply adorable. I probably would have taken him inside and made him a nice cup of soup... = ]

  • At 8:19 PM, Blogger prairie biker said…

    Looks like just a little corn snake. Perfectly harmless, except to your ego.

  • At 9:49 PM, Blogger Candy Rant said…

    And HOW, PB! It scared the KA-RAPP outta my sister.

    We were wondering what kind it was. Of course you would know stuff like this. Is that different than a garter snake?

    Either way, I'm with Citlali. I would bring him inside and make him a tiny bowl of soup and put a teeny tiny little napkin on his lap.

  • At 3:37 PM, Blogger Jenni said…

    I love snakes. I have a houseful of snake-lovers, too. I'm glad the little fella escaped harm...

    Remember Lowly Worm from the Richard Scarry books? He looks like Lowly to me.

  • At 4:19 PM, Blogger prairie biker said…

    They grow to about 3-4 feet long and eat mice and stuff. Good critter to have around a barn.

  • At 5:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Yeah PB, but when you saddle them the stirrups drag on the ground.

  • At 1:55 AM, Blogger Steve B said…

    I love the little things. I used to have a big curly fro, and I let my garden snake crawl around in it. It tickled!

    My mom-in-law gets absolutely catatonic if she see's a snake. Literally freezes up, vapor-lock. You have to move the snake out of her site before she can snap out of it. Wierd. Yet kinda hilarious to watch.

  • At 7:37 PM, Blogger Candy Rant said…

    It that snake had been 4 feet long, PB, my sister would have definitely slopped her dripper.

    Stirrups, heh.

  • At 7:38 PM, Blogger Candy Rant said…

    Gnasty, that snake-in-the-fro thing is one of the freakiest things I've ever heard.
    You are much braver than I.

    Even lava lamps scare me.

  • At 5:42 AM, Blogger Steve B said…

    I'm sorry, what color was "alarm" again?

  • At 9:32 AM, Blogger Candy Rant said…

    Dude, it's, like, whatever color your aura turns when you're really frickin scared.

    Yeah. That's it. Your aura.


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