Project Gratitude 2011, Day 56 8

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Today I am grateful that this Geico Gecko lookalike lives outside my home and not in it.  Lizards are common in Hawaii and the name gecko did not originate with  Geico who adopted them as their mascot.  I love them when they are outside my home as they eat insects including termites and cock roaches.  I am not so crazy about them when they make their way into my home.  They are also featured in Hawaiian legends.  You can read more about them by clicking on the link below:

Guardian Geckos – History, Facts & Lore Behind Hawaiian Geckos.

Additionally, I am grateful because I am a featured writer this week over at Help! S-O-S for Parents in the When One Door Closes, Another Door Opens series. 

Danette over at Help! S-O-S for Parents is an amazing individual who puts together a monthly Best of Best Edition on the fifteenth of every month that features topics of interests related to children with invisible special needs.  She is always looking for new bloggers to submit posts on featured topics.  Go over and check it out for more information.  She featured two of my articles on bullying related to school issues last week, so I am very grateful to Danette. 

However, Danette’s contributions do not end there.  Please visit her site for more details as she truly has a wealth of information to share.  Here is a hint; she will have featured book reviews in April with book give-a-ways including Delightfully Different.     

Addendum: S-O-S joined with OJTA in February 2012 to form 


  1. I want to tell you that I read your feature post: “A Door to Understanding Bullying and Teaching Kindness and Tolerance”. Your story may have started heartbreaking, but your passion to your cause is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your story.
    The mean girls epidemic, the mob mentality, the scared bystanders, the uncaring parents and the “lack of understanding of differences” – You have brought them together in that post and your previous post, and it does make sense: that these reasons and more may have escalated the cases of bullying. This shouldn’t be!
    My your hope “to change the climate of meanness in our schools and in our society” be realized.

  2. Two interesting links in one post here – first, fascinating stuff about the geckos! Secondly, a quick look at the SOS site shows a link to an article about autistic adults and mental health. Hooray! I’m off to check it out.
    What am I thankful for today? Helpful links, that’s what!

  3. Oh! You are going to love this one…
    We have lizards here in Florida too. Most people call them geckos but they are anoles. They come into the house and I just leave a little lid with water in it for them as they scurry around. My grandson taught me how to catch them to put them back outside. You have to be quick.
    I use to be an elementary school tutor for a government agency and I pass students with those little lizzards clamped to their ears. They were quite alive but they had discovered that they would clamp on to something and stay there for a long period of time. It didn’t hurt when they latched on so there they were little boys and girls passing you with anoles on their ears like dangling earrings.
    So in Florida we use them a fashion statements amongst our elementary school children LOL.
    And that is my story about lizards.
    Yours is beautiful and I love the photo.

    • Keeping water for them wouldn’t work in my house; my corgi tries to eat them when he sees them. Both dogs are inside. I used to try to catch them to put them outside, now I just yell for my husband. I don’t think I have ever seen them used as fashion statements here, but I don’t want to give anyone any ideas either, so I think that will be our little secret. 😉 There are local jewelers who have gecko earrings, but they are made of metal or wood not the real thing.

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