Have you ever been asked to ‘tell the group something interesting about yourself’? Did you find, in that moment, that there wasn’t a single fact about you, which seemed even remotely interesting?
People in ‘the group’ are regaling you with tales of their skydiving days or the time they met Obama. You’re wondering if having an intolerance to cheese is ‘interesting’ enough.
That used to be me… but no longer. Now, I tell people that I have experience of hand-bathing lizards.
Dante is my bearded dragon. He is a level-headed sort of chap, some might even call him cold. He doesn’t make noise, he’s not fluffy and he doesn’t take kindly to ‘snuggling’. He does however, have a certain, scaly charm. Dante is my ‘interesting thing’, he is the topic of many conversations when networking with new contacts and he never fails to raise an eyebrow.
If we’ve had the pleasure of working together before, hopefully you’ll remember me for my brilliant writing skills. If I’m still one of ten copywriters in your head, maybe you’ll remember me as ‘the one with the lizard’.
We obtained Dante when he was 6 months old and quite small.
During his first year, things were going well. He loved to snack on locusts and leafy greens.
Then, one day, he stopped eating. He wasn’t interested in bugs, or veg. He didn’t drink his water. He became quite mopey and some days he would stay in the same spot in his viv from sun-up, to sundown.
We tried different foods, we gave him hugs, even took him to the vets, where they swabbed him from both ends but to no avail. Due to his lack of veg, he wasn’t getting much water so he became very lethargic. Things were not looking good for little Dante.
So, we began feeding him supplement food, through a syringe. He wasn’t keen, but he took it like a trooper. We also purchased a lunchbox and gave him a bath each morning, so he would absorb some water. We prepared ourselves for many years of this….
Upon meeting another beardy owner, we began to deliver our tale of woe. It was then, that we were given the tip which saved Dante: bee’s pollen. These tiny golden granules have fantastic cleansing properties and when we sprinkled them over Dante’s salad, he went for it hammer and tongs! Ever since then, Dante has gone from strength to strength. He eats his veg every morning, gets his water intake and leaves daily ‘gifts’ in his viv, which tell us his insides are running smoothly.
Dante now keeps me company when I’m working at home and even puts up with me proofreading out-loud sometimes.
So – next time someone says “Hanna… yes… which one was she?” You can say: “She’s the writer with the reptile”.