Happiness Has A Tail

I’ve probably said it before, but MomGoth (that’s me) loves blue-tailed skinks. When I was in counselling for depression, my therapist advised me to pay attention to the little things that made me happy instead of the global things that made me suicidal. When I left her office, the first thing I saw was a blue-tailed skink.

They always made me happy, and now they’re sort of a symbol of all the small, intense joys that make life worth living.

BTL-SoJI took this picture Tuesday, outside Harrison Health and Rehab facility, where a bunch of us go to sing hymns and old songs with the residents one day a month. We sing everything from “Abide With Me” to “Take Me Out To The Ball Game.” We call our group Joyful Noise. ๐Ÿ™‚

Look at that beautiful critter! He was in the shade, but he kindly skriggled into the sunlight so I could get a good snappie of him.

How could I not be happy?

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: How does your main character feel about reptiles?

p.s. Happy birthday to me!


I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Happiness Has A Tail

  1. Marion Driessen

    September 26, 2013 at 7:04am

    It’s a lovely and agile creature. And so are you! Lovely, I mean ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy birthday, my dear Sister, and check your e-mail.

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      Marian Allen

      September 26, 2013 at 8:06am

      Thank you, dear Sister! Your email was a very happy birthday surprise. ๐Ÿ™‚

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      Marian Allen

      September 26, 2013 at 8:08am

      They sure are! Fast and cute and beautiful and joy-making. If fireworks were silent and organic and contained, they would be blue-tailed skinks. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  2. Jane

    September 26, 2013 at 8:41am

    What is your Happy Day plan? Hope you have many self-treats in store!!!

    I like to look for the ephemeral beauties, like the fleeting red sky at sunset or -rise. I like watching my cats sleep outside on their special favorite places. I like when they find a new special favorite place. Or when they curl up together. I like spotting the hummers at the feeder or doing aerials above the yard. I like when my morning glories bloom, though they only last til the sun hits them. I guess I have an attention deficit thing going on, heh?

    Happy birthday!

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      Marian Allen

      September 26, 2013 at 9:21am

      Yes, it’s those tiny things we often overlook, like David-McCallum-eyes-blue skies, or glittery gravel. Cats’ pink jelly bean toes!

      I’m making myself some eggplant for lunch (Charlie doesn’t like it much) and going to dinner with friends before our writers’ meeting. Thank you for the happy wishes. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. Jo

    September 26, 2013 at 12:21pm

    Love those little guys. They’re clever things & can be taught to come for snacks too. HAPPY BIRTHDAY! I hope you have the BEST day EVER! XXX

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      Marian Allen

      September 26, 2013 at 9:39pm

      Thank you, Jo! I did not know they would come for snacks! What do they like?

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