For months I have had to pry my laptop out of my youngest hands when I wanted to use it and he isn’t playing video games.
He is reading about lizards, reptiles, amphibians, and every other hairless creature that makes the average person scream. He is reading about authors who write about lizards. Nic Bishop is an author and photographer that is his hero. I tried to find Mr. Bishop at a book signing. I was willing to drive a great distance for Peter to meet his idol, but no luck.
He is shopping for books to buy about lizards and ultimately he is shopping for lizards.
Every time he asks I remind him we have a dog and hermit crabs. He keeps asking and so I now say, “sure, as soon as your wife agrees, one day.”
He then began catching all sort of critters in the pond and creek in our backyard
All I could imagine was him
catching flesh-eating bacteria.
Then summer vacation came and I just wanted to go to Ikea.
I am the last person on the planet that hasn’t been to one, (well, not last but last of the people that probably WANT to go.)
The big boys balked at the idea of making a pilgrimage to a store so big you have to follow arrows on the ground, even with meatballs promised.
I convinced Peter to go with me as we needed dog food and this would mean a trip to the pet store on the way. He asked the employees at the pet store if he could hold some of the critters.
I don’t know how it happened but we both fell in love with the Bearded Dragon hatchling.
I told him we would talk about it but we were on our way to Ikea now.
He called my husband at the office and lobbied for the Lizard for the hour it took to get to Ikea. My husband discussed it with me.
Frankly, he has been so obsessed that I was getting worried he was getting a little OCD about them. I was beginning to think it might be a good idea. After all, I have boys and owning a reptile was inevitable, right?
During the drive I finally told him we agreed to let him get one.
Four hours at Ikea and all he talked about was when we were going to get his new pet and all the ways he would introduce people to his new best friend.
I gave up and at 8:50pm we ran into a pet shop and bought a cute little guy.
We bought most of the the reptile aisle as well.
This includes live crickets, a cricket home, and cricket food, (shoot me.)
This also includes live meal worms that must be kept in the fridge, (shoot me again.)
to grow to be two feet long!
We will need a larger terrarium and even more heat
lamps and Peter tells me he can walk him on a leash.