It was during my birthday hike and exactly one week from the first sighting that the snake made yet another appearance. Sitting on the rock, our feet in the water, we unexpectedly gazed off into the distance to breath in the landscape of one of my favorite places. Huh, wow, a quick startle, pulling our feet swiftly from the water, a water snake was right around our feet. It got startled as much as we did as it shot off to get some distance between us. Our eyes still peeled on the water, in the direction it had vanished, we saw it make a comeback. Head out of the water, red tongue flicking it’s body appeared coiled as if in striking position. Strange and eerie, this was now the second time that I felt pursuit by a snake. Another one came straight for me down a hill last year which was just as eerie and weird. Shouldn’t they just hush away, shy of humans, go hide and avoid contact and conflict? Not that one, and it came ashore on the rock right next to me, strange. It slowly slithered up on the rock, all while watching me and me not taking my eyes off of it, it soaked up the rays. It could have gone anywhere, on any other rock, but no, right there next to me it had to sit. Weird right?
Two weeks in a row now that there has been a snake sighting and a reminder that more change is yet to come. The last time all the snakes made an appearance, was in 2014 when I almost stepped on one, fell and dislocated my elbow and left the ugly beauty store. I know it will be something big again and let’s hope it’s not in the form of bodily harm.
Change does not have to be a bad thing if we can embrace it.