I remember the first time I saw him. He was hanging out at our friend Joanne's house right before her husband went to the hospital. Everything was so serious and somber and yet Mr. Lizard was the biggest coolest-looking lizard I ever saw. Usually I liked to chase lizards but this one... this one commanded respect. This one seemed, somehow, to be my friend. He was different from the others but I wasn't sure why. He used to hang out under the light on the wall outside Joanne's front door.
One day we learned that Joanne's husband died at the hospital. We brought some dinner over for her. We said "Hello" to Mr. Lizard when we arrived. We said "See you tomorrow, Mr. Lizard," when we left. When Tomorrow came Mr. Lizard was gone. It was strange. He had been there for many days and then we didn't see him for the longest time.