Beautiful Snake….is that an Oxymoron?

Snake lovers don’t be upset, but I hate snakes. I know you can list all of the wonderful aspects of the reptiles, but I just can’t make myself like snakes. I get very agitated and uncomfortable if there is a snake in the room. I have nothing against people who love them, just don’t make me get close. I was reminded of this again on Sunday when we had Mother’s Day dinner at a relative’s home. Her daughter just got a pet snake. Everyone was raving about how beautiful the snake is with it’s black and red stripes. Ugh! Beautiful and snake do not belong in the same sentence in my vocabulary. They also mentioned that the snake had escaped from his cage last week and they didn’t find him until the next day. If that happened at my house, there is only one thing I would say…hotel.
As an early childhood educator, I want my students to discover everything they can about our natural world. I always prefer taking children to the zoo to see live animals as opposed to the natural history museum filled with the stuffed version. But, I always drew the line at snakes. I assigned that to another adult to supervise. Sheesh…they give me the creeps. I will continue to encourage and assist children in finding out about the natural world. But, for snakes, they can go to my relative’s house. Their snake is beau…. OK.

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3 responses

  1. As an early childhood educator, I want my students to discover everything they can about our natural world.

  2. Too bad – this seems like an indicator of rigid thinking & inability to change. There may be a primal, instinctual fear of reptiles that can be allowed to rule 1's attitude, but I believe that fearfulness is unhealthy & influences the children we spend time with, whether we want it or not.

  3. As an educator I have learned to be honest with my students. As I prepare to teach about nature and all that goes with it I tell my students that I am afraid of snakes. We talk about our fears and how sometimes you have to overcome your fears in order to learn about something new. I do my best to expose my students to snakes, even though I am scared the whole time!

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