A cicak was stucked to a piece of paper.
(To my overseas readers (heh, as if I have any) cicak is the common lizard found in most households in Malaysia. They are neither pesky nor useful. We live in peace because they eat all the insects in the house and choose the same place to shit every day. Serious, most of them shit at inconspicuous corner.)
5xmom found it under her computer desk.
“#1, your father is not at home. You are the man of the house. Come and rescue the poor cicak!”
“You go and do it yourself la.”
#2 son came to the rescue with a tweezer and a toothpick. Poor cicak was stucked to a label which was torn from my PC. Real sticky stuff. Following conversations ensue. I shall leave it to your imagination who uttered what. There were four of us plus one toddler.
“Lemme pull it off.”
“Don’t! The poor cicak’s skin will tear if you do.”
“Let’s cut off it’s legs.”
“How about cutting off the label to make it smaller so he can creep away?”
“Cannot. The cicak cannot grip on the wall and will fall.”
“Let’s put it in the freezer!”
“I want to try pry off the glue from it’s legs.”
“So difficult, let’s throw it out of the house. At least if it dies, it won’t stinks the house.”
“Two legs have dislodged, two more only. Have patience, mom, have patience.”
“Aiyah, go get my dumbell, put the cicak in between layers of newspaper and I whack it? Can ah?”
“You bad karma turned into cicak next time.”
“I Christian la, no karma-karma one. I no sked. Cicak dies, cicak rises again.”
“Haiyo….you teach your toddler bad moral lah.”
“You all also never bad moral what. Saving little animals like these. See? Prove my method works.”
“Ei, ei, want to pull off it’s tail or not? You ever seen a cicak’s dislodged tail wriggling before? Nice you know. The tail will wriggle for a long time.”
“Ahh…off you go little cicak. Get out of my mom’s way or she may fry you for dinner.”
“Uncle-uncle dan auntie-auntie sekalian. Please don’t report my mom to the SPCA. She did not suggest all those cruel methods. Just play-play oni.”
*A must-read related to cicak. (sigh, after I myself followed the link + link, I only realised how much things have changed. Blogsphere then and now. When did we screw it up?)