Simple Sunday – What Would you do if…

This is not your typical Easter Sunday blog post.  In fact, it is very loosely based upon the topic of Easter, and even saying that is quite a stretch.

Over the years, I have found it necessary to give guidance to Cody and Carter about what they should do if they come across one type of wild animal or another.  There was the post about what to do if you come across a cougar (complete with my Google Image search of cougar – providing me with an additional conversation to have with the boys – if you don’t know what I am talking about Google it.)  Then there was the “What do you do if you meet up with a bear in the woods” conversation after this happened in our backyard.

The bear

So this Friday, which happened to be Good Friday (there it is, the loose tie into Easter), the boys and I had school off.  Cody filled up his Camelbak, Carter loaded up his backpack with water bottles, snacks, Band-Aids, emergency tweezers, and a magnifying glass for those times when you want to more closely examine rocks on the trail, I got a water bowl and poo bags for Haley and we headed out on a desert hike.

As we drove along the final stretch of road, I felt it necessary to review desert hiking 101 rules such as: don’t stick your hand (or other body parts) into holes in the ground, don’t run on the trails, drink lots of water, watch out for errant cactus that sneakily encroach onto the trail.

Then I remembered the last hike we took and the large snake Carter came across that was minding its own business sunning itself while draped across the trail.

me: Boys, I want to remind you to be be aware and alert for rattlesnakes.  What should you do if you see a rattlesnake?

carter: Gleefully, he pipes up from the backseat, I know!  You stop, drop, and roll!!

me:  Oh, dear…

Come to find out, or at least according to Carter, it was only a joke.  We reviewed the appropriate action to take if one sees a snake and then we went hiking.


We saw no snakes.

And nobody stopped, dropped, and rolled.

About Shoes

I am an elementary school teacher, a former microbiologist, a mom to a herd of two boys, and a grilled cheese sandwich and beer connoisseur.
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6 Responses to Simple Sunday – What Would you do if…

  1. Oh dear, you have quite scary life in Arizona! Thanks for no Easter post!:):):)

    • shoes says:

      It’s not that scary as long as you remain aware and respectful of the desert critters (and educated your kids about it too!). Glad you liked my non-Easter post. 🙂

  2. LivingsTheDream says:

    We live in Australia and our saying with snakes is ‘say g’day and walk away!’ Happy Easter 🙂

    • shoes says:

      Ha! That is a good one. I will have to pass that along to Cody and Carter. Cody will LOVE it as Australia holds a special place in his heart. (Last year in his second grade, his teacher, who had lived in Australia for several years, had her class do a full on Australia unit complete with dioramas and a musical play. Cody loves all things Australia.) 🙂 Hope you had a wonderful Easter as well. And thanks for the comment.

  3. Jodi says:

    I’ve caught up all the ones in my reader, but am only commenting on this one. You’ve been very busy since I last checked in on you. 🙂 I’m glad you, your husband and boys are well. I continue to be impressed with the lessons you impart to your sons. I wonder if you know how wonderful this is, as I don’t see a lot of this type of parenting where I am.

    • shoes says:

      Ahhh – thanks Jodi! Parenting is crazy hard sometimes (even when one has such wonderful, sweet, adorable boys such as I have). We sure have been busy. I keep waiting for things to calm down. Our house in WA closed this week, all the rest of our “stuff” made it down here in a moving truck today, and we have an offer in on a house. Moving forward to settling down (I hope).

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