The time I shivered from head to toe

Yesterday was a usual day in our lives where we go out and buy groceries for an entire week. I’ve a habit of hoarding food items even though they aren’t actually required for the coming week, not items that are perishable, but the ones that has a shelf life. So if my sugar tin is half empty, or if you want to say it’s half full, I still buy sugar and keep it in my hoarding cupboard for emergency. The items in the hoarding cupboard might look ridiculous to anyone coming to our house, but I say it’s a brilliant plan because even if there is some unforeseen scenario where we can’t go shopping for a week, I might simply survive with my hoarding cupboard. There has never come a point in my two years of running a kitchen where I was running short of any food item or I had the need to tell Bigshot to get something from a store in the middle of the week. Somehow I’m proud of being a well-organized hoarder.

So as we were late to go shopping yesterday, we also decided to eat from out and recently it’s been a routine we both are enjoying a lot. After hogging an entire serving of tofu noodles, all I could do on our way back home was to close my eyes and relax until the tedious task of getting the 15 bags of grocery out of the car and into the house came up. As I was about to fall asleep, Bigshot stopped the car abruptly. Assuming we reached the house I opened my eyes only to find that we are still inside the apartment community, however the car is stopped in the middle of the road. As I looked at him with a questionable face, he pointed his fingers towards the road. The front light in the car showed me the creature vividly as it slowly made it’s way through the road. It was a gigantic snake. Bigshot’s first reaction was a huge cringe and then all he wanted was for me to take a picture of it. In fact, I had all the time to take my phone from my back pocket and click a picture but for reasons we all know, I didn’t want a picture of it in my phone. The snake also wasn’t moving fast enough for a person who is crossing the road and we definitely did not want to move the car any further ahead. As I watched for the next 3 to 5 minutes this creature in all its glory, I wished I had closed my eyes all the way. I can still remember the head of the snake, the texture and the pattern on its skin as the headlight of the car shined through it all. The first time seeing a snake out in the open and that too in a very detailed manner made me realize that the place we live in might be surrounded with so many such snakes.

More than me, however, Bigshot was concerned about the small gap below our front door after we ran back into the house with our grocery bags. We were taking each step cautiously while running as if we might stumble upon a snake any moment.  For the next one hour after reaching home, I was shaking my entire body every now and then as I remembered the snake crawling in my head.

You might think that I’m too naive to never have imagined snakes around a place like Greensboro, where forests, ponds and prairies are abundant. But as a person who fears the entire reptile ecosystem this has been a new discovery. And since summer has officially started, every living thing including humans, are coming out of its hibernation, either for hunting or sightseeing. Since I know that the snakes are definitely not here for sightseeing, I’m going to keep a close eye on my front door gap and shut the balcony for the time being.

Author: Lakshmi Geeth

I’m an ordinarily odd person who is pleasant to talk to. When I’m not trying to be funny, I would be lying on the floor bawling my eyes out. I write weird stories, real life snippets, traumatic and dramatic memories along with doses of unsolicited advices. 🙂