Understand that Sunshine is not soft–he is spiky and prickly! But Amy knows he is also sweet, and has a soft heart and gentle disposition. And nothing beats a warm-hearted friend to snuggle with at bed time. Good night Sunshine. Keep each other safe and snug.
Whereas Sunshine may be Amy’s art instructor (see Bearded Dragon Mermaids), Amy is Sunshine’s piano teacher. They make a good pair, don’t you think?!
Sunshine began his life of friendship with Amy just seven months ago as a tiny young lizard. Now he is in full adolescence, and still calm, patient, and pleasant. Amy thought a portrait of her friend was in order. Here is her first “peek-a-boo” angle.
And now, Sunshine’s full-color portrait, drawn expertly by Amy. In Portuguese one would say, “Tal e qual,” meaning “Exactly so.” Great work, Amy!
Amy and Sunshine decided to go into the delivery business, called “Delivery Squad.” Watch out UPS! Amy did all the initial heavy lifting by building the business headquarters. And she designed and fabricated a specialty delivery van, backpack, and cap to fit her Bearded Lizard partner. Perhaps unfortunately, Sunshine can deliver packages only from one side of the dining table to the other. But the service is personal!
Ready for business!
Every Sunday night Amy’s family gathers for a nice family dinner, a spiritual or musical devotional, dessert, and games. Even Sunshine joins in, munching his salad and playing along in a game of Sorry. These special times have been important for Amy’s family bond and strengthen relationships, and could well be replicated in some form by other families. Enjoy especially the desserts and games–only, Sunshine won’t be on your team!
With Phoenix Arizona regularly reaching 110F in June, Amy has made sure Sunshine is prepared for the hot sun, with his own straw hat. Of course, the Bearded Dragon lizard is native to the brutally hot Australian desert. But whether Sunshine needs a hat or not, Amy is loyal and caring and looks after Sunshine’s every need.
Amy loves riding the zip line her dad built in the back yard. What a thrill for to speed through the air. But this is one activity where Sunshine says, Leave me out! The whirring metallic sound of the pulley racing over the cable alarms the lizard, and is the only sound or event that has caused her to gape and frill. And that’s okay. Sunshine doesn’t have to like everything!
In just six months, Sunshine has grown from a rather drab little pointy creature to a beautifully-hued growing pointy creature. (Keep those crickets coming!) Sunshine is as gentle as ever, and she and Amy remain the best of friends.
Growing Sunshine, with Bracelet
Amy and Sunshine: “Buds and Pards Forever”
Thousands of high school graduations happened by pre-recorded broadcast with empty auditoriums. Among the illustrious graduates were Amy’s sister, Afton, and cousin, Hyrum. Unfazed, when Amy couldn’t go to Afton’s cap-and-gown, Amy brought the cap-and-gown to Afton, with a little help from Sunshine. Congratulations graduates of the Class of 2020!
Welcome to the new page “Adventures with Sunshine” on my Rabbit Lane blog. This page chronicles the adventures of my niece Amy and Sunshine, her pet bearded dragon.
Amy discovered a You Tube channel called Snake Discovery. She loved learning about reptiles. Her good mama (my sister) started taking her on field trips to the Arizona Reptile Center to see many varieties of reptiles. Amy’s interest deepened, and she began asking for a pet lizard. In advance of her 8th birthday, Amy picked out a Bearded Dragon, and they purchased it and put it on hold for the day of the birthday celebration. The week of her birthday, Amy became ill with the flu. On her fourth day of fever, she looked up at her mama with sad eyes and asked if they could go get her dragon a little early. Of course, my sister said, and brought home the 6-week-old lizard. Amy named her Sunshine. Sunshine is the perfect little friend and playmate for Amy. They are inseparable. Amy loves Sunshine, and Sunshine is gentle, patient, and even quietly affectionate with Amy.
Stay tuned for more Adventures with Sunshine!