This incident happened about a month back, on the eve of Cass and Drama Queen's exam.
After hanging out the fresh laundry, I noticed a little piece of something blackish + pinkish in color at the bottom of the pail. Thinking that it must be yet another piece of residue from Cass' art and craft papers or stickers, I picked up the piece of 'sticker'. With my bare fingers.
And holy cow. At the touch of it, the piece of 'sticker' sure didn't feel paper-ish. It was sticky but it felt squishy. I brought the piece of 'sticker' closer to my eyes and then "WAAAAAAAAA" I screamed blue murder and flung the piece of 'sticker' away. Eye to eye with a dead reptile!! 😵 Cass and Drama Queen who were revising at the table ran to me and asked what happened.
Me - I think I just washed a baby lizard with our clothes and it's now dead. QUICK bring the magnifying glass, quick!!!
As quick as lightning, Cass fetched me the magnifying glass. The 3 of us had to study the specimen to confirm that it was indeed a dead baby lizard.
Just the night earlier, I had seen a baby lizard lurking around the dirty laundry area and this confirmed my suspicion.
When the 3 girls scrutinized the specimen through the lenses of the magnifying glass carefully, like scientists, they all concurred what they saw -- the bulging eyes, the translucent skin which was PINK in color (EWWWWW!!!) and the tiny claws on the legs. Oh. My. Freaking. Gawd.
I wanted to puke. Knowing that the life baby reptile went a spinning together with our clothes just grossed me out.
I ordered the girls to remove all the clothes that I had just hung on the hangers and dump them back into the washing machine for another round of washing.