We like the Funny Papers of our family life because we think keeping a gentle sense of humor is a wonderful thing!
We lived where there was a patch of wild field behind our backyard in Texas and we had seen all kinds of vermin while living in that great state: huge spiders, possums, snakes, lizards, to name a few. Some had even ventured into our garage. One night a noise on the floor next to my side of the bed woke me up out of a sound sleep. I knew instantly it was a snake! I woke John and quietly told him, "Quick! Go close the door and turn the light on!" I didn't want us to wake our children nor let the slithering reptile get out of there before he could capture and dispose of it.
John bounded out of bed, ran into the bathroom off our bedroom, soundly closed the door behind him and turned the light on... in there! No longer in the bedroom with me... and the snake! "What are you doing IN THERE?" I loudly whispered. I was still too afraid of the noise to get up and walk in the dark room so I continued my panicked whisper yell. "JOHN, COME OUT AND HELP!"
He did finally - once he actually woke up. He closed our bedroom door this time, turned on our light and came around to find our children's pet hamster rummaging around on the floor beside me. "Ranger! What are you doing in here? How did you get loose?"
I thanked the Lord as soon as I realized the little guy's life was probably spared because my fear kept me from jumping up and accidentally stepping on him. John gently scooped him up and took him back to his cage on top of the washing machine in the utility room (where we kept the noisy little rodent at night), and he secured the lid this time. 😄