Just a Black Snake
Yesterday, Hlamay, Thang Tlang, Nece, Esther and Biak were visiting my house. As I showed them around the yard we stopped at the garden. We were chatting about the squirrels chewing the heads off the sunflowers. We found and picked some ripe cucumbers and green beans to send home. Then we went over to the thornless blackberry bush to let the Burmese sample this fruit that is new to them. As we worked around the bush, Biak says, “There’s a snake”. Sure enough at the top on the bush on a supporting post was a long brown snake. It looked very large and menacing from it’s perch coiled among the blackberries. Since we were all quite agitated, we armed ourselves with sticks and an axe and disposed of the snake. Biak, the Bible college graduate wanted me to make sure it was dead, reminding me that the snake was used by Satan in the fall. He said in Burma if you don’t kill it they are afraid another person can come back and resusitate the snake to harm people in the future.
We left it for Kay to see when she got home a few minutes later and she said she had been all around the blackberry bush earlier in the day, picking fruit. She thought that snake was a harmless garden black, but she was glad that she had not been the one to find the creature. After Kay did a little research we believe this snake may have led to the untimely demise of a nest of baby birds in that same bush. Perhaps it was back for a snack.
Our visit with these Burmese friends included a chance to sample apples from our three trees, tug on the wind chime paddle, talk about humming birds at the feeder and point out the North Carolina dogwood. Biak is an able communicator who made it a very enjoyable visit.
Hlamay is expecting their third child and Thang Tlang is beginning to make plans to buy a car. About two months ago I was very concerned about this family because they were all by themselves in a south High Point neighborhood. Now there are three Burmese families in the Wise street neighborhood.