It’s fall, and Geronimo’s been out in the mornings. He’s also been out in the late afternoons, except for the one day he was supposed to go to his pre-hibernation appointment at the clinic, of course. We went out to get him, couldn’t find him, and eventually discovered him chilling in the back of his burrow, looking out at us through sleepy eyes. He was too tired to go to the doctor, he said. That’s okay, we’ll re-schedule you, we said. (We made it a morning appointment this time.)
For those of you who haven’t met our silly, feisty, lovable, and ridiculously adorable Sonoran desert tortoise, I’ve whipped up a snapshot in words.
Date of birth: c. 1998
Hometown: Sonoran desert
Likes: snacking; digging; greeting people; taking showers; playing in the (outdoor) laundry room, and getting loved on with lots of pets and cuddles
Dislikes: barriers, car rides, and being told he can’t go where he wants to go
Occupation: armored perimeter guard (works a second job as a greeter)
Special skill: yardwork (mowing the lawn and weeding)
Shoe size: extra-wide
Favorite food: hibiscus flowers and Romaine lettuce
Favorite color: magenta
Favorite band: Soundgarden
Favorite T.V. series: Arrested Development
Favorite movies: The Hunger, Transformers, and Tank Girl
Favorite season: spring/fall
Favorite weather: summer rain
Favorite books: Bunnicula, War and Peace, and 100 Years of Solitude
Favorite sport: climbing
Favorite person: yes
Favorite word: “Hello”
Now I’ve got a series of actual snapshots, all taken this morning. As usual, Geronimo only has one thing to say to you: “Hello.” Greeting people is one of his favorite things to do, after all.
ETA: Bonus pic! I forgot to include this one.
He has a lot of “hellos” to say after a long summer mostly underground during human waking hours. He’s catching up, though. He’s good at that.
p.s. I’d planned to include videos in this post, but I’ve been foiled by technical difficulties. Apologies for that! I had some good ones, too. Something’s changed, and I have to figure out what. If I can’t, I’ll find another way. We shall have our Geronimo vid clips!