Hello folks who wonder if genies grant wishes for Gift Cards instead of other items,

Fortunately or unfortunately, we live in a world where we are expected to wait for significant occasions, such as birthdays, anniversaries, or even special events like funerals, to express appreciation and give recognition to a person or thing. This can happen for several reasons, one of them being the fear that expressing appreciation when someone is alive could lead to awkward or uncomfortable conversations.

Another reason is that people often assume that there will be more time to express their appreciation and recognition to someone or something while they are alive.

You can kind of predict where I am headed at. Now, let me take a moment to express my admiration for two particular items: Biscoff Doughnuts from Krispy Kreme and the Honey Pepper Pimento Chicken Sandwich from Chick-fil-A. These are the only things that give me hope to continue living on this planet

Ok, now that I got that out of the way, another thing that I often take for granted and not appreciate enough is my thumb, a vital tool in my work as a naturalist. The thumb's ability to oppose other fingers allows me to grasp critters with precision

As an example, below I have held a soldier fly that mimics the colors of a yellowjacket but it cannot sting, which is why I handle this specimen without fear.

The thumb can also be used to calm critters and prevent sudden movements. In this case a juvenile Western Fence Lizard who got a little too cozy on my thumb so I had to send it an eviction notice to vacate my thumb.

The thumb has played a part in creating lasting memories for couples, as was the case with this pair of red-shouldered bugs engaged in mating.

Lastly, let's take a look at a Gray Treefrog I found in Virginia. This species is known for its tree-dwelling habits and is often found perched on trees or shrubs.

Thank you, thumb, for all you do. 👏

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