Prince Leo & The Green Grass Snake
I came home from work the weather was perfect and has been perfect all day. There is no need for people to use the AC when the weather is perfect, well my version of perfect. Today I am really enjoying the breeze, the sun, and the fresh air. As I am walking into my house I realize that I am about to step on a snake. I intentionally step wider and I fortunately manage to step over the snake. It is no big deal, this has happened to me many times before but it has never happened when my cat was around. Prince Leo happened to see the 2 foot long grass snake slither off next to my van.
I kept wishing that the snake would move faster but he was not yet in his grassy terrain. My cat scoops him up into his mouth and runs off with the snake like he has just won the lottery. Do I try to stop this from happening or do I take pictures? I grab my camera and as I am taking pics I am intrigued and disgusted with what his happening to the snake and to me but my cat is having a great time. Should I be taking pics of this? Do I try to stop nature or just simply witness it with my camera. It sounds so funny to say “stop nature” as if it is even possible. I wonder how it feels to be on an african safari watching the lions feed on the gazelles and the baby elephants. The other day I was at Paynes Praire and saw an alligator with a turtle in its mouth and just as I pulled out my camera the alligator spit the turtle out onto the bank and the alligator swam away as the turtle sat on the bank. I talked to the people who were sitting there and they said the alligator was trying to eat it for a while. It turns out this turtle was just a little to big for the alligator. I was really surprised that the alligator was not big enough to eat this turtle. What a lucky turtle maybe he just has a really hard shell. I now wonder if that is why turtles sometimes just chill out next to alligators and the turtles are like sure go ahead try to eat me you are not even big enough to crack this shell. Go ahead scratch my back with your teeth it feels good. The snake gets away my cat walks a few feet away to make this game more exciting. The snake makes eye contact with me and it does not look like a please save me look. It is more of a don’t you even think about fucking with me or I will bite you.
Unfortunately it does not look scary to me or to my cat. Prince Leo has a toy that moves around the same way that the snake moves his toy is just a lot faster and I know that everything that snake is doing is just making my cat excited. Years ago at my old upstairs flat my cat was directly responsible for the diminishing lizard population. I try to distract him by calling his name and whistling but he is in the hunting zone and doesn’t quit until the snake stiffs up his body, lies still, and plays dead. I knew that the snake was just playing dead right, was it really dead? I went inside and fed my cat this cheap canned stuff that I always end up buying every few months when I run out of his regular healthy cat food. I do this because I don’t have time to make it to the healthy store and I feel like it makes his diet more exciting to get junk food every few months. I don’t know what they put in there but it can’t be good. I give him a can and as he is licking up the last bite he starts meowing for more. He wakes me up in the middle of the night for more. So I feed him some kitty crack and make myself a well needed dinner. It was hard for me to enjoy what I was eating because I kept thinking about that snake and my giant grizzly bear cat trying to chew on him. I am puzzled by how my house managed to get incredibly messy. This kind of messy that lends itself towards me feeling like being unproductive. I stare at my youtube channel to see if I got anymore views. I watch a video on post its stop motion. I fall asleep. I wake up the house is still messy. I have a million photo blogs that keep happening in my head almost everyday and I have only posted one. I wonder if I should try to do them chronologically from memory, I wonder if all of this wondering is just keeping me from just writing something. I say fuck it I will start today with the messy house, the green snake and my hungry cat.
I am pretty sure Prince Leo got nicked on the side of his face by the snake. After I wake up from my nap I venture outside in hopes that the snake is alive and has moved on. I see his body, well half of his body I start thinking about how sad it is that he burrowed his face in the earth and just died. I lift his tail with a stick and it feels almost lively but no it is definitely dead. What a way to end the day. I move my gaze up an inch and see this green face staring at me. The snake is not dead he is however looking at me as if the other half of his body does not belong to him. I hope it lives and moves on and has nice travels. It was the middle portion of his body that is hidden under earth and grass. I am hoping that I will not see the snake there tomorrow. I am also hoping that my cat never tries this with a poisonous snake.