Snake-handling makes the bucket list

first_img Next UpI’ve got one of those.The reason it’s still nipping at my heels is that it was a shared disappointment.Back in early, 2010, I got a phone call from Kathryn Tucker Windham. At age 92, she was making a bucket list. There was somewhere she wanted to go, and she wanted me to take her. Print Article Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Life is filled with disappointments.Everybody has them, and I’ve had my share.Most of the time we can, as my granny would say, put disappointments to rest, but sometimes a disappointment keeps on gnawing and gnawing. Snake-handling makes the bucket list Book Nook to reopen Published 3:00 am Saturday, February 28, 2015 Md: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch) Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwellcenter_img Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson “Lord, Kathryn, I don’t know if I can do that. And, snake handling’s not legal anymore,” I stuttered and stammered and tried to find a way out. “I just don’t think we can do that.”She didn’t back down. “Oh, you’ll find a way.”I didn’t have any desire to go to a snake handling but I certainly didn’t want to disappoint Kathryn so I started asking around.“You want to go where?” Are you crazy?”Then there were the comforting words, “They don’t have snake handlings anymore.”But I wasn’t going to disappoint Kathryn until I had exhausted every lead. Then, by chance, I met a man from Sand Mountain at a Sacred Harp singing. He knew of Kathryn Windham, and I explained what she wanted to do and why. He would see what he could find out.Several weeks passed, and I heard nothing from him. I could honestly tell Kathryn I had done all I could.Then, the phone rang.The good Samaritan had arranged for us to go to a snake handing on Sand Mountain the second Sunday in August. But, only because it was Kathryn Windham. And, yes, we could sit right by the back door of the church.Kathryn was thrilled. She could hardly wait.I started making my bucket list — snake boots, snake gaiters, a snakebite kit, and a snakeskin handbag.Kathryn sent me a card, “Are you ready to go to a snake handling?”A co-worker raised snakes for show and sell. He brought several colorful corn snakes and draped them around my neck. I got my picture snapped and mailed it to Kathryn. “I’m ready!” I wrote on the attached note.She got a kick out of that.Sadly, health problems plagued Kathryn that spring and summer. We didn’t get to go to the snake handling. It was a great disappointment for her and for me.In June 2014, I got an email from Kathryn’s daughter, Dilcy. She had made a trek to Tennessee in memory of her mother to see “such a thing.” It was utterly fascinating, she said.I was thankful that Dilcy made that trek and relieved that I was not along. Only with Kathryn Windham, Alabama’s legendary storyteller, would I have done such a thing.On March 5, the late Kathryn Tucker Windham will be inducted into the Alabama Women’s Hall of Fame at Judson College in Marion. Wish I could be there but I would much rather have been at that snake handling on Sand Mountain. Email the author My heart did a flip-flop at the thought of taking a bucket list trip with Alabama’s legendary storyteller.I was in. Where did she want to go?“I’ve never been to a snake handling, and I want us to go to one,” she said.A snake handling? A ‘rattlesnake,’ snake handling? By Blood Sugar Blaster Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like Messick – Roberson   Kristen Messick is engaged to marry Chad Roberson on June 6, 2015. Mr. and Mrs. Ken Messick of Troy… read more Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthGet Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more