Above we have a view of the Chesapeake Bay from Aaron's Beach. Below we have a piece written by Chesapeake Bay Mother.It's about a legendary black snake and his descendants who still occupy our
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Ichabod the Snake
by Chesapeake Bay Mother
Long ago, Father-in-Law claimed acquaintance with a member of the wildlife community inhabiting one of the many dimensions of his grassy barnyard. He dubbed his friend "Ichabod." I suppose it was the first name that occurred to him gazing into the eyes of a fully mature and robustly healthy black snake.
Father-in-Law seldom mowed the grass, owing to his gas-burning frugality, and when he did he used a bush hog.* As its name implies, a bush hog takes care of bushes and leaves grass still pretty high.
Perhaps it was Ichabod's effect on various visitors Father-in-Law enjoyed most. In particular, one of his wife's friends--a city slicker from California who never ceased recounting the horror of her encounter with Ichabod in the tall grass. As her voice climbed higher and her gestures became more frantic, I detected a naughty smile curling the corners of his mouth.
On meeting the big snake, I usually screamed, making apology to Ichabod for being so unsophisticated. He took it with his usual aplomb, disregarding me as he slithered on his way (no doubt some grumbling sexist explanation crossing his primitive reptilian mind).
Over the years various descendants of the original Ichabod, who we still call "Ichabod," remain with us. Granddaughter was nearly crowned by a tree-climbing Ichabod, who took an inadvertent fall. Everyone recovered. On the hottest day, one climbed our front steps and had to be removed gently with a shovel to the shady bank. Recently the young men reinforcing our shoreline with stones** described their chilly bumps when witnessing the size of an Ichabod in the brush. I explained he was a family member in good standing and meant no harm.
All the Ichabods love duck eggs and show up regularly to dine, the ducks objecting vehemently. What it must be like to cause such a stir everywhere you go! Since he hardly missed a day touting the serpentine magnificence of Ichabod, Father-in-Law would take pride.
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* Bush hogs are wild animals native to Virginia. They once roamed freely through the forests but now are confined to the most remote parts of the Blue Ridge Mountains. They are closely related to Smithfield hams.
OK, that's not true, I was just playing. But do you see how I can state nonsense with great confidence? It's a survival mechanism. Plus it makes me laugh.
The bush hog is a tractor attachment that is not a wild animal but is prevalent in Virginia. As are Smithfield hams.
**This is the riprap I was talking about in Thursday's post.
And now, I will stop filling this post with all of my riprap and let you get on with your day.