Snakes Alive!

The only picture I have of my father on my system.  He would have been in his 40s when it was taken.
@Vivenda (588)
Portsmouth, England
August 15, 2016 3:13pm CST
It was @jabouk who set me off on this track, by posting some very interesting extracts from her father’s wartime diaries. My dad was not one for committing himself to paper. Apart from the odd postcard, I only had one letter from him. I treasure that, partly because it was so HIM (he was a Goons enthusiast, and the letter had me laughing my head off when I first received it) and partly because it was about three days before he died, at the relatively early age of 63. He certainly did not write any diaries about his wartime experiences. My parents got married as soon as WW2 was declared. My father had already enlisted, and was put into the Royal Army Service Corps (RASC), whereupon he volunteered for every stint overseas that he could. Until the last one, that is, when everything was nearly over. Yes, you’ve guessed it – that was when he was sent to Burma! And this is the only wartime story I heard from him: I’m rather sketchy about the details, but I gather his troop passed through India on the way to Burma. In the usual list of directions from on high, there was the advice to all the soldiers that, on waking up in the morning, they should turn their boots upside down in case there was a snake in them. My dad, being something of a conformist, followed this procedure without fail. One of his mates always took the proverbial out of him for this. One morning this guy ceremoniously turned his own boots upside down. Yes – again, you’ve probably guessed it! Out fell a decidedly peed off cobra!
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@jaboUK (52726)
• United Kingdom
15 Aug 16
Wow - what a good thing that guy did that - I bet your dad had a good laugh at his expense though. Nice photo of your dad.
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@jaboUK (52726)
• United Kingdom
15 Aug 16
@Vivenda I don't even have a scanner, I just take photos of my photos.
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@paigea (21562)
• Canada
29 Aug 16
I would rather turn my boots over and find the snake than to shove my foot in on the snake. Yikes. Thanks for sharing about your father.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Aug 16
I would certainly agree. It puts a whole new nuance to the phrase, "putting your foot in it"!
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@Hatley (164777)
• Garden Grove, California
22 Aug 16
that had to be pretty darned scary for sure glad It was not me snakes and spiders are not m y thing, screaming time lol lol
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
29 Aug 16
I don't mind snakes when I meet them socially, Patsie, but I certainly wouldn't like that sort of guest dropping in on me uninvited!
@LadyDuck (141563)
• Switzerland
16 Aug 16
Oh my goodness a cobra snake, I hate snakes, they are the thing I fear most.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
17 Aug 16
I definitely prefer snakes to eight- or six-legged marauders, but I do like to meet them sociably rather than on their terms!
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@MALUSE (36985)
• Germany
15 Aug 16
Goodness gracious! I would have got a heart attack.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
15 Aug 16
Yes, I rather think I would have had a heart attack, too!
@CinnamonGrl (5742)
• Paradise, California
15 Aug 16
Oh lord. And I bet the guys would have to not scream because they have to man up, lol. My folks got married just before the war. They didn't know a war was about to happen. My dad is still alive and still does not talk about the war. Or commit it to paper.
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@Vivenda (588)
• Portsmouth, England
15 Aug 16
In some ways, my father-in-law had a much more interesting WW2, as he was in the artillery, serving in Italy. He didn't talk much about it, either!
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@TRBRocks420 (70927)
• Banks, Oregon
15 Aug 16
That would be very scary. I would be checking my boots for sure.
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@JudyEv (115606)
• Bunbury, Australia
4 Sep 16
Sometimes it's nice when this happens isn't it as long as it all turns out well. L(
@amadeo (58650)
• United States
15 Aug 16
good for him.dad a handsome man there