Monday, July 13, 2009

Eulogy of a lizard

Here is our tribute to our 'little guy'.
Maybe I should just call it his eulogy. We traveled last week to attend not 1, not 2, but 4 family reunions. (Yes - we are unstable.)

Actually it was great to see EVERYONE - and there were a lot of them. It was great to catch up with siblings, cousins, aunts and uncles, grandparents,and friends.

Several weeks ago I posed a question on FB wondering if anyone wanted to adopt our little leopard gecko lizard. My brother in law immediately responded and so we saved it for him. The lizard has been through a lot. Our cat constantly menaced him by sitting on top of his cage and swiping at the glass for hours. Then he got moved to a much smaller home. He finally sort of adapted, and then we took him on a VERY long car ride. But he made it. He even got to listen to Island of the Blue Dolphins on the trip. Lucky guy. He hung out at my parents house for several days, freezing due to central air. Finally, he was on the last leg of his journey. We were stopping to visit an open house for my husband's grandparent's 70th wedding anniversary. Due to the previous family reunion that morning, we were arriving at this one late. We rushed out of the car and into the air conditioned building. In our haste, he was forgotten.

When we came out, he had departed. We had lots and lots of tears, and prayers. We poured water down his throat and we poured it all over him hoping to get his temperature down. To no avail - he'd gone.

We'll have the funeral tomorrow night here since the girls refused to bury it in grandma's garden because they want to visit him often.

He was a good lizard. The girls loved to catch bugs for him to eat and all the little boys that came to visit loved to see him.
He will definitely be missed, but not forgotten.

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