Oct 07

I Once Licked a Snail

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Me

I Licked a Snail

I Licked a Snail


9. I once licked a snail.

Big sisters know everything, right? I mean, they’ve lived so much longer, and they’ve had so much more experience than you. Surely you can trust what they say implicitly.

When I was about four years old, my (year and a half) older sister very convincingly told me that snails taste like bubble gum. I looked at the slimy little thing. It kind of looked like chewed up bubble gum. It didn’t smell like bubble gum, but then again, it didn’t smell like anything.

I gathered my courage, stuck out my tongue, and licked it.

It definitely did NOT taste like bubble gum.

To be honest, it didn’t really taste like anything. It tasted like it looked and smelled – slimy.

My sister cackled as I threw the disgusting and disappointing little thing onto the ground, then ran away as I chased her, calling her a liar.

Begrudgingly, I had to admit, that was a good one.

Over the years, I learned that sometimes my big sister was right (french kissing is fun, and that really is where babies come from) and sometimes she was wrong (you don’t have to hold hands with a guy on the first date, because then he’ll think you’re going steady). She didn’t always have all the answers, but she always had my back. And life with my sisters was always an adventure.




What is your favorite sister memory?



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  1. Eydie

    Wow – six sisters??? Your house must have been real quiet – NOT! LOL My younger sister and I never had a good relationship – so no fun stories to share. ;(

    It’s so great to hear that sisters CAN get along. You’ve been blessed.

  2. Shelli Proffitt Howells

    Eydie, you’re right — never a dull moment in our house! And of course, not every moment was fun and roses. We did our share of fighting. But I do recognize that I’ve been blessed, and I love my sisters dearly.

  3. Nikki Spencer

    Love it! While I am a big sister, too, I don’t recall being that evil…let’s not ask my younger sisters, shall we?

    1. Shelli Proffitt Howells

      Oh, Nikki, now I really want to chat with your sisters!

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