Susan - Oh my lord.... you just totally reminded me of a child hood memory of my granny. She would take this old cooking pot and go about first thing in the morning with a cigarette hanging from her mouth picking snails and slugs from the garden so one day I was out with her in the yard when she asked me to go get the salt... I hadn't paid attention to what she did with a pot of snails... hadn't given it much thought... so I asked, like all curious little girls would.
"What's the salt for Grammi?"
Grammi - "the snails...watch"
It took her 2 hours or so to calm me down. I threatened to call the police on her for animal cruelty.