I‘m not sure how many people reading this have, used to have, or plan to have a pet iguana, but if so, this is your day! Some can grow to 6 feet (1.8 meters) in length, so as pets go it’s not the smallest. But it’s a companion that can live more than 20 years, has a third eye in the top of its head, and unlike furry pets, only sheds annually. Of course, it sheds an entire layer of skin, instead. There’s apparently a lot to learn when caring for one of these guys so that’s why this day was formed. While I personally find reptiles fascinating to observe and even sketch, I’ve never had the inclination to have one as a pet. I definitely prefer the furrier, cuddly types. And it’s oddly comforting to know that if my dog Phineas finds himself cornered or trapped that his tall won’t fall off onto the floor. But, seeing an iguana almost smiling while worshipping the sun is a lovely sight indeed. They’re almost cute when viewed like that. Thoroughly enjoying the moment, which is always a good lesson for all of us. So I’m rather glad they have their own special day.
Yeah, that’s pretty much all I know about iguanas, but I appreciate that they see colors, shapes, and shadows and communicate visually. I think these are wonderful gifts, that we humans have as well and use to the fullest when we sketch and paint. I hope if you’re painting along with these celebration days this month that you’re enjoying the challenging variety of things to create. Tomorrow is Grandparent’s Day, and this one is super cool and I hope you’ll all be celebrating in real life as well. I don’t have any living grandparents, but I’ll be seeing my mother and sister who are both grandmothers, so it should produce some fun stories, from the moment as well as the past. Today, Philippe and I went to lunch in our City Market neighborhood and visited an antique shop afterwards. Each booth was a fabulous blast from the past and it was so much fun to relive all of those memories. Though decidedly American, there were plenty of fun internationally known icons that Philippe remembered from his childhood as well.
Some of the things I saw in this shop were perfectly obscure, but brought back a flood of great memories. A time when metal robots were cool not because of what they could actually do, but because of the future advancements they promised. Most of which, we’re still waiting to enjoy, but many other things are now possible. We live in a blur and buzz of technology now, and so walking through a dusty shop filled with several forgotten objects from the past was a pleasant departure. The coolest thing at the time is now sitting and collecting a light layer of dust on a shelf. Perhaps, one day, these once-loved objects will get their own special celebration day. Someone, somewhere will want to honor their memory. Sure, these celebratory days are sometimes a bit obscure, but that’s the point. Things don’t have to been part of the mainstream in order to be enjoyed and honored. Often, it’s those niche things that bring us closer together, form a bond as we enjoy how we’re unique, like watercolor. And that’s why I think it’s rather wonderful that even lizards can enjoy a moment of celebration because someone cared enough to make it happen, on this wonderful Iguana Awareness Day.
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