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girls and snakes both grow up

a couple years ago, i posted about my then 15 year-old daugher, liesl, and the albino milk snake she had just purchased.

recently, i’ve been noticing with amazement the woman that liesl is becoming. she’s a stellar human with superpowers of compassion, experimentation, thoughtfulness, creativity, and risk-taking. she refuses to fit into a mold. she plays viola in an orchestra, electric bass and keyboard in a worship band, and listens to old-skool punk. she modifies her clothing, and dresses herself like no one else. she is passionate about justice. she is a natural problem solver (which shows up in many places, including her natural aptitude for math). and she wants to change the world.

then i noticed amii (the snake). after two years of a steady mousey diet, amii has grown quite a bit also. i checked back on my blog to see that 2 year-old photo of liesl and amii, then took this new one:

a girl and her snake

part of what i completely dig about my daughter, liesl, is that she is wonderfully unpredictable and chooses her own path.

recently, i had confirmation of this when i found out she wanted a pet snake. seriously, it’s not every 15 year-old girl who wants a pet snake. well, max, my fantastically generous 11 year-old son, really wanted to help liesl realize her snakey desire. he gave her a stash o’ cash for her birthday a month ago, as well as a little half-log thingy for a snake to hide under. liesl added more of her own money, and bought a tank, the stuff for the inside, and this beautiful albino milk snake, which she promptly named “amii” (with two i’s, because that’s the kind of thing liesl does).

the only “downside” of the snake for my vegetarian daughter is that amii is NOT a vegetarian, and has to be fed a baby mouse (called a “pinky”) once a week.

here’s liesl and amii: two beauties!