If this doesn't get us boku bonus points in the cool parents competition, I don't know what will.
Breck has wanted a pet snake for at least 2 years. I would have bet on a cold day on hell before I would have bet on Michelle ever agreeing to it. However, last Spring she told Breck that once he passed his 2nd class swimming requirement for Boy Scouts he could get a snake.
Let this be a lesson to all parents. Don't say stuff like that unless your really mean it!
It took longer, and more $wimming lessons that I would have liked, but we now have a son who is a better swimmer than I (that's not a high bar...)
And he owns a snake. Blackbeard is a 2-1/2 ft long king snake. The lifespan of a king snake in captivity is about 17 years.
I hope Breck's future wife likes snakes.