It was a warm evening in early summer; the Katydids were chattering and the lightening bugs flashing---wait, maybe they weren’t. I can’t remember now. But I remember I happened to look out our large front picture window and see a long black something on our white porch railing. (Why we call it a picture window, I don’t know, as there’s no picture on it---I just checked to make sure. All I could find is an ADT™ sticker left by the last occupant. I suppose I should have removed the sticker sometime in the past ten years, since ADT™ has never received a dime from us to protect our home, but as I didn’t put the sticker on there, I felt no constraint to take it off. The only person it might mislead is one intending to rob us, or one trying to sell us a home-security system, and I have little sympathy for either of those fellows, who, now that I think of it, may in fact be the same fellow. The ADT™ sticker really has nothing to do with the story, so why don’t we just move on? We’re almost at the snake part. We’d have been there a lot sooner if not for the sticker, but remember, I’m not the one who put it on the window.)
You’ve probably guessed by now that the long black something on our white porch railing was----a dog leash. Wrong. It was a snake. Don’t you remember when I called this a snake story? Not only was it a snake, and black, but it was a Black Snake, which makes it doubly black and doubly snake-ish. He or she was about 3 feet long, and about two inches in diameter, and shall be referred to hence as “it.” It seemed to have an inordinate interest in the small cylindrical wooden birdhouse hanging from the porch roof support, about two and a half feet above said snake. You may have already deduced, from the snake’s interest, that the birdhouse was occupied by a family of-----dog leashes. Wrong again! It was occupied by a family of birds, including several recently hatched chicks.