A rat snake was spotted not long ago in our garage, which has caused a certain apprehension among the distaff members of my household. Yesterday, as we were packing the car for the beach, my six-year-old Nora said to me:
“Daddy, are you man enough to go into the garage and get my innertube?”
And I thought: I’m doomed. She’s six years old, and she already has the Southern woman thing down pat.