It was very late. We had just arrived at African Bible University in Lubowa, Uganda and I was staring into the toilet at a snake. Or maybe it was a mouse’s tail? No….I saw a little green head on the other end…definitely a snake. Was it dead? It wasn't very big, but still…..
It would have been hilarious, except that it wasn’t. I mean, it was about 11:30 p.m., I’d been cooped up in a plane for 18 hours and I really, really had to pee. Also, I wanted to take a photo, but if there is anything that scares me more than a potentially lethal snake it’s dropping my phone into a toilet. Dropping it into the toilet beside what could be a green mamba snake just ups the fear factor.
I was also afraid to risk angering it by answering nature’s call (and that particular phone had been ringing a good 90 minutes,) but I was not sure how else to deal with this. Our hosts had shown us to our rooms (quite lovely and comfy, by the way) and then gone back to their own homes. I did not want to call on them again so late. I am not sure why it did not occur to me to call Kevin into the bathroom. Instead, I just did what seemed reasonable.
The snake went away. Must have been dead.
Note to self: ask hosts in the morning if I should be concerned about the possibility of more.
Used to be when I got up to use the potty in the night I did so without turning on lights. That, my friends, is a thing of the past.
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