A few of my favorite birthday gifts came wrapped up in a monsoon rain.
First thing in the morning they found a stiff gecko on our patio. Immediately they got to work and built an extensive burial site. It had a campfire covering, brick walls and roofing and ornamented with a large, pink quartz. At their request I said a brief eulogy and expressed our gratitude for the gecko's tireless contribution to helping our backyard grow and be an ecologically balanced place. After the service, they stumbled upon the "abandoned" baby gecko and built it a home. Then they went out in the backyard killing bugs for it to eat. I just told them to leave the bugs be and stop being helicopter parents.
Overheard breakfast conversation between the old married couple of the home....
E: "Whats your favorite word, Cora?"
E: "Mine is adventure...."
C: "I mean mine is rock climbing.....and adventure!"