My iguana was only dangerous to the cats! If they got too close, he’d slap them with his tail but he was a sweetheart with humans. My father had a home boat business. He rose at 4 am each morning and ate his lunch at 11 am followed by a 30 minute nap in his La-Z-Boy recliner. In the winter, the sun flowed through the large picture windows in our living room. My father would nap in his recliner with a beam of sun across his stretched out belly. Iggy the Iguana was always in search of sun in the cold winter months. He would spy that beam of sun across my father’s belly and scamper across the floor, leaping with precision so he landed on my father’s stomach. He would stetch out along the length of my father’s abdomen and they’d nap in the sun together.

In the summer, without air conditioning, Iggy searched for ways to stay cool in the Virginia heat. His favorite was to hang on the screen door enjoying any breeze that happened along. My father’s customers often came to the house to pay their bills and many remarked about the unique iguana decoration we had on the screen door. Opening and closing the door did not disturb him. He hung there like an inanimate object. Not a single customer realized that Iggy was real.

Iggy was super cool!

I was always a writer but lived in a bookkeeper’s body before I found Medium and broke free — well, almost. Working to work less and write more.

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