All this happened quite a while back–but then the pregnancy induced puking started and these pics just sat on my computer.
My husband was mowing the grass one weekend and I was walking around barefoot (as usual) and so were the boys. I was picking up toys and large sticks when I saw my husband shout and jump. It’s rare to seem him jump or run really fast. So, when you see that, you should also shout, run, jump, whilst gathering the youngins’ in the opposite direction.
He had spotted a baby copperhead aka very poisonous snake in our yard. The babies are worse than the adults b/c they usually emit more venom. Not cool when you have little ones (and yourself) running around bare foot and fancy free. My husband swifltly chopped off its’ head with a shovel–that’s what we do here in these parts. *If you feel this is cruel or are a member of PETA, you most likely haven’t worried about venomous snake bites on your sweet babies.
I felt a bit guilty that we had ended that young reptile’s life. So, I did what any good homeschooling boy mom would do–I dissected, skinned, and taxiderm-ied that creature. The boys LOVED it. My husband thought is was gross and wouldn’t watch. I felt it only appropriate to make it a learning experience. Why go to a museum and pay a ton of money to see this stuff when I can get the milk for free, eh?
So, without further ado, here is my Best. Boy. Mom. Everrrr exercise.
Was it gross? A bit. Did it smell? Yes. Was this what most people would do?…probably not. However, I encourage you–boy mom or girl mom, home or public-schooler to embrace learning moments in which you have to do some deep breaths and grimacing yourself…all in the name of education!
My kiddos will NEVER forget that day. Nor will I. They are well versed in venomous pit vipers of Southeast Texas and until the day they graduate with that Ph.D, they’ll remember. It was worth it!
Now, get out there and skin somethin’!
P.S. Good news! I will NOT be featuring any copperhead meat themed recipes on the blog! Yay for that!