I remember one afternoon I was taking a nap in the ‘big’ four post bed. Remember I was only about 3 or 4 years old then so everything seemed big to me LOL Anyway, that afternoon when I slowly woke up from my afternoon nap I opened my eyes to find…a snake staring at me!
ARRRRRRHHH! I screamed and cried, my poor little heart beat wildly as the snake hovered in mid-air just above me. I kept crying and screaming and tried to squirm away from the monster when somewhere amidst my terror-fill mind, I heard my mother’s soothing voice. It calmed me enough to settle me back into the bed, still sobbing uncontrollably but not hysterical anymore.
It turned out that my mother was holding a toy snake, its body made up of several segments of carved woods held together by wires or strings and suspended on a stick. The loose segments of the body made the snake look like it was really slithering as you move the stick. Poor mum must have felt guilty for scaring her little girl senseless that afternoon when all she wanted to do was to show her girl the new toy she had bought for her 😛