Friday, June 25, 2010

Grandpa Found a Turtle

I had forgotten how much fun turtles could be. My sister and I used to "catch" turtles (pretty hard to catch those speedy little things :)) and play with them for a few days. We fed them lettuce broccoli and who knows what else before we would return them back to the wild where we found them so they could find their mommies.
Fortunately Grandpa Mickey found a turtle on Grandma's driveway and brought it to the house for the kids to play with. Clever Grandpa!

Pierson and Maylin were a little more weary about the turtle then I ever was. They didn't want to touch him so we put him in a container so they could look at him closely.

Pierson started to get brave and was going to pick him up until the turtle started turning his head toward him. Pierson jumped backwards as if a Cobra were after him! Pretty stinkin' funny!

After we had sufficiently played with him I convinced the kids that the turtle was hungry and probably missed him Mommy. So we took him back to where Grandpa found him and let him go. The kids waved good bye and were happy that he would be able to go find his family.

We watched until he was out of sight. (Which took a little while). Today we saw another turtle on the trail behind our house. Pierson got so excited. He said "Turtle's Mommy!" He seemed to think that this was the original turtles mother. How do you explain to a 5 year old non-English speaker that there was no way that was the other turtles Mom? So I simply agreed and said, "Aren't you glad we let the turtle go so he could live in the woods with his family?" Pierson said "Yes. Turtle Happy!"
So there you have it the turtles get to live happily ever after! Are you as relieved as I am?! :)


Kristi said...

Love how it appears they are waving bye-bye to the turtle. And oh that sweet, sweet Pierson and his happiness over the turtle finding its mommy. Can't wait to get a squeeze from that sweetie!

Grandma Shultz said...

Watching their introduction to new things is so amazing. You can almost see their little brains just spinning with all of the new information! Happy you let the turle go to find its Mommy, Maylin and Pierson. That was very kind.