Frozen in place, he was a stiff strip of black bungee rubber. I said, “Hi!” The man coming up the trail responded in kind, not realizing my eyes were on the ground. I stayed on my side of the tree, and after the man passed, the black rat snake stuck out his tongue hesitantly, waited another
My birthday is December 29, right between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, when everyone is mostly partied out. I consider it a blessing that my family never did that “This is your birthday -slash- Christmas gift” nonsense other December babies endure. My dearest friends still make it a point to celebrate, sometime between December 1 and 31, and I always feel super-special.