Today is St. Valentine’s Day (which apparently gets celebrated even in Panama). It’s also one of the first days of Lent. And if you combine feasting and fasting, exuberant love and contemplative love, you’re pretty much guaranteed to get something magical.
In my case, the magic came in a very ordinary package: a medium-sized brown lizard.
He looked uninteresting. He sounded uninteresting. He was uninteresting—until he ran. And oh, how he ran.
Basilisk lizards are famous for being able to run on water. I’d heard of this before, but had never actually seen it. Until this afternoon, when I saw not one but five basilisks take off and run across a small pond. It was fantastic.
But, someone is surely saying, I don’t think you’re Catholic. And I know you hate Valentine’s Day.
True, and true. But what is also true is that I’m always happy to celebrate something truly wonderful. And holidays, if nothing else, make a great excuse. So Valentine’s Day or not, I hope you have a wonderful, magical day.