He taught me how to look for snakes

He taught me how to look for snakes

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    He taught me how to look for snakes

    When I was a young boy, my Dad taught me how to lift up boards, etc., that we would find outside on the ground. He taught me to NEVER stick my fingers under the board to lift it up, but to get a stick and use the stick to lift. He explained that sometimes snakes would hide under old boards, and they might bite my fingers if I grabbed the board.

    Years went by. We moved around, I grew up, moved away, travelled around. I never forgot his lesson.

    Not long ago, Dad needed to move a board that was laying on the ground. He used a stick to lift up the board, and there lay a snake coiled underneath, ready to strike. Dad said to the snake, "I've been looking for you for many, many years."

    Dad survived because he was cautious, and because he never let his guard down. He had taken the same precautions every other time for decades, even though the threat had never appeared before. But because he persisted in his caution, he was ready when the test finally came.

    So now I'm looking for the snake in my life. I'm looking for that carjacker as my pistol resides in a holster next to my car's console, ready for immediate deployment. I'm looking for that home invader as I'm armed while watching t.v. with my wife. I'm looking for that mugger and his accomplice as I walk through stores and parking lots. Even as I sleep, I'm ready for that snake if he comes at night.

    I'm looking for that snake. My goal is to be ready, as Dad was, even if the snake doesn't show for awhile.

    Every day, I'm looking for that snake. I know he's there, somewhere. I'm looking for him every day.


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    Great tribute to your dad, Grady. Both the statement and the actions.
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    Good story. Shows the difference between living in fear and exercising caution. I just wish the people on the freeways would exercise basic caution driving; I'm less worried about getting shot/robbed than run into by a moron in a big car.

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Nice post Grady. Keep looking for that snake. You can bet he's there somewhere.

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    Nice post Grady!

    Sad part is, the thugs in todays world are worse than snakes. They no longer wait for us to lift that board to bite our hand. They dont bite out of fear or self-preservation. They bite out of malicious intent and a total disregard for human life.

    Still you give a good lesson to keep wary of that "snake" in hiding.
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    Good practical advice.

    I have found many snakes under boards, old sheet metal, and flat rocks over the years.

    Havent found that ole snake known as Satan yet...but I can sure tell he's been around sometimes...
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    Well done Grady. A story worth posting for sure. The story says a lot, without saying a lot.

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    Very much enjoyed that, awsome!

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    Wonderful story, and your dad was/is truly a very smart man. I love it when the truths we learn as youngsters continue to be proofed as we grow older. We should always pass then down to our children and grandchildren too. Thanks Grady!
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    Good father/son story...good analogy...very good advice!

    Thanks for sharing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ridgeline View Post
    Wonderful story, and your dad was/is truly a very smart man. I love it when the truths we learn as youngsters continue to be proofed as we grow older. We should always pass then down to our children and grandchildren too. Thanks Grady!
    +1! Thanks Grady. Your story and Ridgeline's comments got me thinking past the years of disagreement and harshness to my formative years in the field with my Dad. SO much of what he taught me is now being passed to my sons without a conscious thought. Great post Grady!
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    When your young you sometimes taught what does he know.[DAD].
    As you get older you do and say the things he said and done. Sometimes I stop and think I turned into my DAD. I LOL and think good thing I did. Thanks DAD. Thanks Grady as well.

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    Grady that is a great post. Thanks for bringing to mind another excellent analogy.

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    Good post. Excellent story and analogy.
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