Saturday, March 24, 2012

Terrible Sound of Spring

About this time of year, as the earth warms and nature is awakening, growing up we were all sat down and Mom and Dad would give us stern warning.  Not only were the flowers starting to grow, the little animals starting to show up, but also rattlesnakes were waking, and with the warmer days, they emerged from their dens and started to shed their skins.  At this time they were particularly dangerous, as they were almost blind, and very cranky.  We always had to carry a stick and make plenty of noise, because they would rather run than fight.  The only time they would strike is if they felt threatened.  It was a fact that we learned to live with.
The summer kitchen was at the back of our house, and the back door was shaded by a huge lilac bush that Mom had planted.  I remember one spring, she opened the back door and started to step out when she heard the telltale sound of the rattle.  Quickly she got the shovel and disposed of that snake.  She had nightmares thinking what would of happened if one of the little children had been the ones to step outside.  But that chance came with living on the side of mountain and this was the land she loved.


  1. Scary stuff living where rattles roam!

  2. Fun and interesting blog post there...

  3. Oh I would have been so scared!!!!
    You always have wonderful stories, thank you for sharing them with us.
    Suzann ~xoxo~

  4. Scary stuff! I have never liked snakes and once when I was a kid on the farm I stepped out of the hay mow door with bare feet and stepped right on the middle of a sunning black snake...who quickly slithered away. I will never forget the feeling of that snake under my foot. UGH- xo Diana

  5. Great share.

    Here in the south we take care over rattlesnakes, moccasins, and coral snakes.

    As a little girl living in the city I love to visit my Aunt Martha Jane. She lived in the Ocala National Forest. I surprised a hatch of baby moccasins in one of her rental fishing boats. I had nightmares of them all moving and wiggling in a large black mass.

    Life is what we are about!

    Happy weekend, happy spring.

  6. I am from the south and we had our issues with snakes. I hate them. I'd be just like your mother ... I'd have nightmares for weeks!

  7. Oh...I don't like snakes! We have rattle snakes in this area too, I've personally never seen on but some neighbors found a 6' one last summer in their wood pile. I would've dropped dead, LOL... Blessings, Traci

  8. Oh my gosh, What a fright that would be to come upon opening the door!
    We have snakes here but rarely see them, not many rattlers around here. We do have timber rattlers in the woods but I've never come across one, thankfully!
    hugs Lynn

  9. We got a warning when we were taking photos in Florida a couple years ago that we had gone into a filed that was a rattlesnake area. We went back to the car pretty quickly! I don't mind snakes, just no poisonous ones up close!