Through the miracle of the flying sardine can, otherwise know as Hawaiian Airlines, the mouse is back on the Big Island. There is much to do. Several months worth of cat hair beg to be swept under the rugs, spiders encouraged to take up residence elsewhere. The cats have marked their protest to my absence in my bed; much laundry has been done. I work my attack on the invasion of tropical weeds marching toward the house, a stoic terracotta army uniformed in shades of green. From under the wilting tomato vines a village of disease-ridden snails have been unceremoniously evicted. Lizards leer at me, papaya juice dripping from their chins as they feast on my bounty, perched on branches just out of reach.

This morning, while attempting to free the compost barrel from the clutches of a particularly vicious strain of crabgrass, a lizard leapt from among some palm fronds and landed on my calf, startling us both. But its touch was not the slimy pointy slithersome horror I had expected. Instead, it was gentle, soft, like the brush of the tip of a cat’s tail or the fingertips of a very young baby. I had expected to suffer an embolism but instead felt warmth, release, comfort.

I didn’t expect to be gone so long, didn’t know I would be back so soon. And yet, here I am, and in that one moment I realized I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

Aloha, Hawaii. I missed you.

4 thoughts on “Lizard

  1. Aloha and welcome home! I remember a past post you had written that talked about your fear of the geckos. It sounds like you have made strides in facing that fear even if by surprise.
    On our way home from Island Naturals my partner and I were talking about how we feel so thankful to be living here and if we ever had to leave we would miss it so much. This is the first place we have lived and have felt that way.
    On another note, you haven’t missed the opening of any of the Puna Kai shops. Island time, right?
    I hope you will have a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    ❤ Alana


    1. Aloha and thank you, Alana! It is so good to be back. I feel the same way as you. I have never felt so connected to a place as I do to this little corner of the world. And it’s bringing me joy and strength in ways I never anticipated, including not freaking out when a lizard hops on my leg!

      I think the delay on Puna Kai opening is a blessing. Once it is open, the roads are going to be a real disaster. I don’t wish trouble on anyone, but if they never finish, that’ll be OK with me. I don’t mind driving to Hilo to shop if it means we have peace here.

      Happy holidays to you and yours!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Yes, this place really does feel like home. What a blessing. I agree, it is nice living in a place where there is not a bunch of traffic and the drive to Hilo is pleasant.
        I hope the end of December will be peaceful for you.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s