(The background to this post is below the Thursday Challenge post below)
I know I wrote before about Rich’s lizard and how attached he was to it. I know because it generated memorable comments. You would think we would get over our excitement at these little anoles since they are absolutely everywhere down here but we like them a lot and I still take silly pictures of them. We have favorites that live behind moldings and the mailbox and so forth.
Well, I’m very, very sorry sad to report that Rich’s lizard has dried up and died. It was living in the small sunroom down here. I couldn’t figure out how and one day I set it free outside. Rich was really annoyed but, not to worry, because within a day his lizard was back. Rich sometimes is down here without me on business and he said his lizard kept him good company in my absence. (What can I say?)
Yesterday, as I was dusting the wood floors under furniture on the sun porch I found his lizard. I felt terrible, mostly at the prospect of breaking it to Rich, that his lizard had died. He was still sound asleep. And then, as I tidied up further I found more evidence of this little guy’s life before death that is, on the one hand, insignificant and on the other hand, delightful.
We keep the place modestly and simply furnished but I have this neat little glass top table that I filled with white sand from the Bay and shells we’ve picked up along the beaches down here. The glass is held up from the table rim by about a quarter inch because the glass has little plastic bumpers on the four corners to grip it in place. When I looked closely I realized that Rich’s little guy had been living inside the table, among the shells. Everywhere there are the most delicate little tracks in the sand of lizard feet and tail. You can actually see which shells he got under and which ones he moved around.
When Rich got up I pointed out his dead lizard. Yeesh- I thought he was going to cry. He picked up the sorry drooping thing, sighed- and then did the unthinkable. Yes, people, the fake Christmas tree, sans any ornaments, now has the tree topper to beat all tree toppers. (Enlarge to fully appreciate.)