Kate Maxfield tells her son Caleb about a time she mistook a harmless snake for a venomous one.


Did I ever tell you about the time when I saw a snake? I was probably four and it was by the cow pasture right behind my parents’ house, behind grandma’s house, you know? And I was walking and I just remember seeing this big giant long snake and in my memory it was like ten feet long, right? And I thought it was a rattlesnake and I just screamed and screamed and screamed and frozen and screamed and screamed and screamed! That’s how my mom came out. She probably thought that I was dying but it was just a water snake. It was just a little–I mean inmy memory I remember it being huge. But it was probably only two or three feet long and skinny. They were these little tiny water snakes. But I was scared to death.

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