It’s a Miracle!

He’s still alive.  Lima Bean lives.  After months of being gone–and presumed dead–Lima Bean the gecko appeared last night in the middle of my bedroom floor.  And I screamed.

Let me back up.  I’d just come back from a delicious dinner at Moghul Palace in Bellevue with Surfer Ty who is here with me for 10 days while I go through a bunch of medical stuff. 

Home from dinner, I went upstairs to brush my teeth because as much as I love my sag paneer, it isn’t as good on my breath an hour later.  I don’t bother to turn on all the lights so I’m in my little bathroom that’s tucked into my little bedroom and as I brush I take a step towards my bed and in the dim light spot a shadow on the floor.  A lizard shadow.  At first I thought it was a plastic lizard toy, maybe even a beanie baby, but then I took a step closer and no, it was the gecko, the missing gecko, the one that crawled out of its cage one night and broke my younger son’s heart.

We searched for days for the gecko after it disappeared.  Jamette tore my son’s room apart, removed the bed, everything from the closet, every drawer, everywhere and nothing.  Since then I’ve had this sick sinking sensation that one day when I least expect it I will stumble across a lizard carcass.

Instead I stumble across a very sleepy looking gecko that now has a woman screaming with toothpaste frothing out of her mouth.

Thank God Surfer Ty used to have lizards as a boy and is an expert at anything to do with animals and insects (provided no spiders are involved because then he’d be screaming for me).   Once he understood what I was screaming about (hard to do with all the foamy toothpaste running down my chin) he dropped his shirt over the gecko, gently picked him up and between a trip to the attic and a race to the closing pet store, set Lima Bean back up in his home. 

His cage is twice its former size, he has brand new pale sand, lots of little crickets and a tub of meal worms in the fridge.

The prodigal lizard has returned.  Lima Bean–a little paler, hopefully a whole lot wiser–is home.


  1. Oh god. I think I would have killed it if I were you… either that or I would have had a heart attack. Well, at least Lima bean is home. =) Good luck with the med stuff.

  2. Hip, hip, hooray, Lima Bean lives! (I love that name!) A definite HEA!

    Best wishes with the medical tests!

    Lots of hugs,

  3. Yay for Lima Bean! I remember he went missing just a few days before I came to Seattle for my trip. It is a Valentine’s Day Miracle (well, a few weeks early!)
    I am so happy for you and the boys. And Lima Bean, of course.

  4. Well, that is a big fear of mine – running into a critter in my house. Living in the south we have roaches and lizards. (and of course I have a pest control company.)I would rather go round and round spraying a roach than doing battle with a lizard. So glad you found Lima Bean for young son Ty. I’m so glad I had girls.

  5. Yay on the return of Lima Bean. I’ll bet young Ty was thrilled to have him back. Sorry to hear that he scared the dickens out of you.

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