Thursday, April 18, 2019

Snail School 101


Garden snail, half out of its brown shell, on a green vegetable leaf.
The have somewhat of a personality
Parents had forced Sam Snail and all his mates to attend the class on snail safety, where posters covered the room:

“An Informed Snail is a Safe Snail!”

“It’s not dandruff, you idiot!  It’s salt!”

Source: Wikipedia

“A stupid snail becomes escargot!”

Mr. Goo, the oldest snail in the community, scanned the adolescent snails with his antennae.  “Listen up, you slimy slugs!”

The snails convulsed with laughter---the slug joke was an old one. 

Then all became quiet as the spectres of snails long gone before filled the room.

They whispered, “Grass is good.  Sidewalks are bad….” 

Then Mr. Goo shouted, “If you are ever besieged by a bunch of birds, then kiss your shells good-bye.”

Intervals of laughter and silence of doom broke up the rest of the day.  Finally, class was dismissed.

Mr. Goo shook his antennae. "Poor dumb Molluscan GastropodsHalf of them won’t even make it home."
  
YouTube, about 3 min. long
I suggest fast-forwarding

The underlined words are from Wednesday Words, a writing challenge for all writers to inspire their writing.  This challenge was begun by Delores years ago and is still continuing.

This post is from 2015.  I know, I am digging into the archives, but why not? Why the heck not.

32 comments:

  1. Okay, 5 might have won but he did it in #4's slot. hahaha Interesting thoughts.
    But in the end Mr. Goo is probably right.
    from NC
    Sherry & jack

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    1. Consensus appears that #5 was the winner. Steroids are suspected.

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  2. Susan:
    I thought this tale was a cute one, in spite of the fact that I'm not really a fan of snails (or slugs).
    In fact, I've "salted" my share of them on our patio over the years.
    (they're not an endangered species).

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  3. Can't believe I just watched a snail race. I'd have bet on 5, he had a racer's build.

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  4. Well, none of us can really be assured that we will 'make it home' but the snails do stand a pretty good chance of not making it.

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  5. It may be a long time before once again I'm able to enjoy a plate of escargot!

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  6. You have a beautifully creative mind. This was so entertaining.

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    1. Using words like these and figuring out short story is immensely fun.

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  7. Only this morning on an early trip to look at the moon I picked a snail off the path and put him in a safer place. Which happened to be in the neighbours yard.

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  8. Archive digging is a good thing. Loved this one.

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    1. I started blogging about 10 yrs. ago. Going back, checking writing style, and coming upon stories I like is sometimes validating and sometimes embarrassing.

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  9. Snail races, what crazy fun. Old Mr. Goo, he knew what he was talking about.

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    1. He was old, probably 3 weeks old.

      Racing snails would be a high-stakes sport.

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  10. I don't mind a snail, but I detest slugs. Maybe it comes from stepping on them barefoot on the sidewalk at my old house. Huge, fat, spotted slugs. Yes, they got the salt. I've since read that you can help them die more pleasantly by leaving out a pan of beer. It seems a waste of beer, but preferable to the sizzling sound of the salt.

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  11. I don't really like their odds.

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  12. I'm not a big fan of snails, often blaming them for anything eaten in my garden, when of course the real culprits are earwigs and caterpillars.

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  13. Hi Susan - I too would prefer to do without snails around ... though escargots occasionally are really delicious! Fun storyline ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Since writing this, I will pass the escargot on the menu.

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  14. I love escargot but perhaps a rethink!

    I like your "old" posts. I'm relatively new to your blog and it's fun to see some of the things from before my time.

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    1. that was my hope...to bring out to new and old followers some posts I enjoyed, rewrite and repost.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!