I was eight years old I lived in a small town in Brazil called Caruarú.
Just like most children I was fond of animals. Most children had their
own animals that they cared for. I too had my own animal, only it was
perhaps a little unusual: a boa snake about 10 feet long.
I had gotten it from a friend but I had
not told my parents, or even my sisters, that I had a snake as I was
afraid that they might not like to have such a large animal in our house.
Therefore I had put it in my room without telling anybody. There the
snake was sleeping most of the time, not bothering anybody.
In the summer it can get pretty warm in
Caruarú, and it is quite common to
take a nap in the afternoon during the hottest time of the day. My mother
usually took a nap after lunch. One day when it was unusually hot even
for Brazil, she decided to take a rest, but not in her bedroom as she
usually did. Instead she went to my room and lay down on my bed.
I was worried because I was afraid that
she might not like my pet if she happened to see it. I tried to convince
her that she would be more comfortable in her own bedroom, but she said
that my room was cooler. I could not make her change her mind. I walked
about the house rather nervously. Just as I had feared, after a while
I heard a scream coming from my room.
What had happened was that my snake hade
awakened and started to investigate who was lying on my bed! When the
snake started sniffing my mother, she woke up in a hurry. I quickly
ran away, which I am sure was a smart thing to do!
I don't remember if I was allowed to keep
the snake, but I am positive that I was not allowed to keep it in our
home after this.
Well, this is just a small memory. I remember
many other adventures from my childhood, such as when I made a wager
that I would succeed to get a single man and a single lady to live together,
or when I bought a fighting cock and made a lot of money on cock-fighting
contests, or when I dressed our chickens in my sister's panties, or
when I sold my father's shirts, and removed his moustache while he was
asleep, or when I visited the cemetery at midnight to watch the dead
But these stories I shall have to tell some