Nieces-3 & Brother were out this weekend (for too long) and it got hot. Finally the kids jumped in our front pond! They’ve all had swimming lessons. I float. As a child, I preferred OldHelen’s pond (bigger/cooler, cleaner/ clearer water) to ours…
-I’ve had lessons (2 courses) but too many years of having my head held under water by The Duchess developed a phobia. Point is, I’ll get in water but it’s not a common occurrence. It was hot, though, so there we were, splashing in the muddy pond. Good times!
I’d seen a critter swimming by minutes earlier. It looked like a small, water snake. Most snakes of this region are non-venomous; however, a local folkway is ‘all water snakes are poisonous, treat them as such.’ -it’s not poison, it’s venom but that’s what everybody says
Being the female hillbilly version of the Crocodile Hunter, I grabbed it and chucked it onto the bank, never mentioning to the kids. After the eldest and baby got out, #2niece and I stayed in for a bit.
Ta? What’s that squiggledy thing on you?
I looked down and hoped it was vegetation. It was greenish-brown…
When I grabbed it, it was super-sleek and moved of its own accord. That’s when I realized it looked a lot like that snake’ that I’d chucked out earlier.
Is that thing attached to you?
I yanked the six-inch leech off my underarm and chucked it on the bank. As I turned back to #2niece, I saw another one snaking towards me. I must smell delicious. I fished it out and chucked it, too.
‘Whulp. Time to get out!’ When we got to the house, I ran a load of wash. The washwater was so dirty, I ran it again. It was still dirty. Dang. That’s some filthy pond water! Told you I preferred OldHelen’s! I’m unsure how one ‘acquires’ leeches. We did not have them when I was a kid.