I am a preschool teacher, so I have the summers off (luckily). I decided since Jon was going to Ohio for job training (this happens at least once a month), I would go to my mother’s house to spend time with my mother and my siblings. Mom is always complaining that she never gets to see me that much anyway, although I only live 2 hours away…. in fact, she says that often… even when I only lived 30 minutes away, and she worked down the street from our apartment. Is this all mothers or just mine?
Anyway, so I spent some time with my nephew Gabriel when I arrived. We did what all aunts and nephews should do: swam, played games, hunted for snakes, etc. So we lifted up this board, hunting for any sort of wildlife at this point. That’s when we found a skink. Woohoo! I shouted eagerly at Gabriel to “look!” He saw it as it ran beneath the shed before I could catch it, sadly. That’s when Gabe says he saw eggs. I was thinking, no, the white I saw under that board were spider webs. There’s an abundance of those creepy crawlers around in the middle of nowhere, where my parents live. I lifted the board to show him that there weren’t any eggs, but lo and behold, there were 8 small, leathery reptile eggs. Who knew? I placed the board back down softly, so I did not disturb the eggs, and hoped the momma skink would return. I then proceeded to have a conversation with Gabriel that went about like this:
“You have good eyes, Gabriel”
“I have good eyes?”
“Yes, I didn’t see the eggs, but you did.”
“Oh I have good eyes?”
“Oh… I have good eyes…. you don’t.” <— Stated as a fact.
“Haha, no I guess not.”
“You don’t have good eyes, right now.” <— Trying to soften the blow to my ego.
Yeah, so he tried to make me feel better after that. This happened on Monday. I left Tuesday night to stay at my brother Dale’s house to watch anime all night (by all night, I mean around maybe midnight when Dale fell asleep). I realized I left my watch at my parents house, and I can’t go home without it! So I went by there on my way home and decided to take a picture of the skink eggs before I left, so I had my father lift up the board so my hands were free to take the picture. This is what I was greeted with!
It was incredible to see this, knowing that they were just hatching and only eggs the day before! It made my trip! I hope you all have as fantastic day as I have today.