in memory

spike died friday night/saturday morning…
mom called me saturday morning. she said she had nothing to do that night and wanted to come down and visit. it seemed like she was a little upset, so i said okay. she got to philly around 7pm, when i let her in the apartment i went to give her a hug but she looked terribly upset… (she later told me she couldn’t bear to tell me over the phone and had to let me know in person)
i asked her what was wrong, and she didn’t answer.
i knew immediately it was something with spike…
i asked what happened to her, she started crying and said that she was gone.
i broke down sobbing hysterically.
i got spike in december of ’92 when she was just a baby, barely 6 inches head to tail. i was 8 years old.
that was 14 years ago… she was about 15 when she passed.
that’s a good long time for an iguana to live, but that doesn’t make it any easier.
there is a very tiny part of me that is glad she passed quickly and painlessly.
she was getting old and it was getting harder for her to walk…
she was the best pet i ever could’ve imagined.
she was a part of the family.
she roamed around the apartment without a cage, incredibly well behaved
she never bit anyone, and never once showed even an ouce of aggression
she even potty trained herself, she would only go in the corner of the bathroom.
she was so incredibly affectionate and had so much personality…
she *loved* to be held and be snuggled and to cuddle.
she really liked it when i’d give her minibackrubs
and she’d look at me like “wtf?” if i stopped petting her
she used to curl up under my arm and watch tv in bed with me
she would take naps on my belly for hours…
once mom told me, i knew what we had to do.
we drove back to ny immediately and started making plans
it was so hard seeing her
she was all wrapped up in a pretty pink towel
(she loved being wrapped up and cuddled lke a baby)
and it just looked like she was sleeping, so peacefully…
this morning mom and i woke up and went out to where the horse trails at lakeside begin in hempstead lake state park where i’ll be able to visit her whenever i want
i found a lovely, secluded spot under some trees where she wouldn’t be distrubed and dug a hole
it absolutely broke my heard to have to lay her to rest…
i kissed her on her head and said my goodbyes…
i buried her with a b
ouquet of broccoli, her favorite.
i marked her grave with a stick and a rock, because well, she liked to climb on sticks and rocks.
i laid some pretty yellow flowers on top, and funny thing is, as soon as i placed them, a ray of sun broke through the trees.
it was the only sun coming through, and it was directly on the flowers… it sounds silly, but it made me smile.
rest peacefully spike, i’ll miss you more than words could ever describe…
i love you sweetheart.

December, 1992 – October 21, 2006

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