"My mother told this story often while I
was growing up, and it was told by her
She had put her baby in the crib.
When she came back into the room, it was
to find a snake, in the crib,
licking milk from the baby's mouth."
I asked what she did to rescue the baby.
"Oh Grandpa had said 'Grab the snake by
the tail and whip it,' ... and that's
what she did.
But when she whipped it, it could have
come back and bitten her!
I'm so glad it wasn't my baby. I
couldn't have grabbed that snake!"