Well a recent trip to the Cincinnati Zoo proved to be the icing on the cake. My boys thought it would be fun to hold a snake. Not to look at from afar, not to pet, but to HOLD! Of course not wanting to my boys to pick up on my fear of snakes, and encourage them to be manly and all that kinda stuff, I stood by proudly while they held a snake. I believe it was a small python or boa or some dangerous jungle snake like that. Anyway, Kyle was not one bit afraid or hesitant, he jumped at the chance, but Andrew was hesitant, I could tell he wanted to hold that snake, and he wanted to know what that would feel like, be a manly boy, but he just couldn't bring himself to do it. As he was watching his younger brother, I could tell that the wheels in his mind were turning. He kept pacing back and forth and saying " should I, or shouldn't I ". Putting aside my totally grossed outness , I said to Andrew " if you don't try this you will regret it later" So he agreed with me, and held the snake.
I have a new found respect for snakes, They have the ability to boost a child's self esteem and give them a sense of pride. Andrew was beaming! He was well aware that he could now do something that many grown men would not be willing to do! He walked away a little taller, and really happy he went for it! As for the snake itself, I am very glad its back in its cage where God intended it to be!
Kyle Holding dangerous jungle snake
Its one thing to hold a snake, quite another to actually enjoy it!
Andrew holding dangerous jungle snake.
Andrew getting a little more comfortable.