Gecko Life – How I grudgingly embraced reptile possession


“Parenthood will take you all types of untamed locations,” my mother used to say.

And I considered her phrases whereas bouncing my 1-week-old daughter on an train ball till my legs went numb. Whereas chasing my 3-year-old down the aisle of Robert’s Contemporary Market after she grabbed a handful of jelly beans from the majority bin and ran. Whereas making an attempt to clarify the finer factors of potty-training to my 18-month-old, who was very pleased with herself for peeing into her sister’s bowl of rooster fried rice. Whereas saying, in all seriousness to a feverish and neurotic 7-year-old, cajoling her to take medication, “Child, I promise you that I can’t allow you to die like Elvis.” Whereas cheering my lungs out at a curler derby event within the Florida Panhandle. And, most not too long ago, whereas studying the main points of reptile husbandry. 

For years, I advised my children we weren’t getting a dog. Then it grew to become we weren’t getting a pungent dog. Or a dog that shed. Or a pet. 

So in fact we welcomed Milo three years in the past, a golden retriever-border collie-Husky combine … a 6-week-old pet who grew as much as be a dog who not solely smells horrible but in addition sheds a lot that I’m unsure how he isn’t fully bald. His hair has damaged three vacuums to this point.

Subsequent they needed a cat, and I mentioned no manner. I didn’t need to cope with hairballs and litter bins and cats’ normal perspective.

However when my mother requested if we may take her cat for only a few weeks whereas she was shifting and getting settled into a brand new place, I agreed. And when she died about two weeks into this association … nicely, then we had a cat.

Not glad with our dog and cat, Georgia started lobbying exhausting for a frog or a leopard gecko for her tenth birthday on the finish of Might. I mentioned no. I mentioned reptiles are gross, that they carry salmonella, that I don’t need yet one more factor to maintain. 

Anyway, now we have now Rex, a leopard gecko who eats mealworms and crickets and, apparently, roaches, though I 1,000 % can not convey myself to spend $2 on a roach at Petco after we have already got far more roaches than I need making themselves at dwelling right here without spending a dime. 

I’ve develop into keen on the animals over time: I am keen on the dog (the children assume I’m joking once I say he’s my favourite little one, however I’m not), I tolerate the cat, and I even assume the lizard is type of cute. 

Now Georgia says she needs a rat for Christmas. 

I mentioned completely not.

However I’ve mentioned that earlier than. 

I’m positive I’ll be searching for rat care suggestions in January.



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