“Well kids, they might be chips and they might be cobras. How about a nice apple instead?”
While many of our friends were posting pictures from their beach vacations on the Mediterranean, we were on the Texas Gulf Coast where we were subjected to warnings about avoiding the beaches because they contained flesh-eating bacteria, sea lice, alligators, sharks, and snakes in the sand dunes. I wish I was making this up, but I’m not.
I thought it would be hard to convince my kids not to get in the water at the beach, but it turns out when you let them read an article about a man losing his leg at that beach the week before and how people are breaking out in rashes from sea lice, they kind of decide for themselves not to get in the water.
And just in case you don’t believe me and think, “But why would people even live in that area if there were alligators, snakes, sharks, lice and flesh-eating bacteria?” here’s one of the articles that was in the local paper:
At least to a 6 year old.
After going through security the other day, my 6 year old son spotted a man with a turban put something in his pocket. He came up and whispered to me, “Mamma, the man with the Egypt hat just hid a snake in his pocket!”
I had a chance to correct his view, tell him he must have seen it wrong or point out how a snake probably couldn’t fit in that pocket.
Instead I replied, “Cool!”