Slice of Life Tuesday

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Today it is time to share a Slice of Life at “Two Writing Teachers – the weekly writing challenge that encourages us to write about a small slice of our lives. The community is such a supportive one.

Driving home from a doctor’s appointment this afternoon, I saw several signs dotting the median, along one stretch of the road. It took a few minutes to realize they were “Turtle crossing” signs.

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In several places in Canada, roads have actually closed to traffic to allow turtles to cross to lay their eggs safely.

It made me remember several adventures with turtles.

  • Catching tadpoles, frogs and turtles when I was growing up in Montreal (we always let them go after admiring them)
  • Visiting the turtle farm  on Cayman Island when I was going to teacher’s college and my brother lived there

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  • Allowing my children (20+ years ago) to have pet turtles when they were young. I would never allow that now.
  • Trying and succeeding (several times in fact) in turning a large snapping turtle on its back on the side of the road – without getting snapped
  • Observing a large turtle busy laying eggs along a path in our home town a few years ago

There’s something about these ancient animals, animals that we definitely must protect. I hope people actually obey the sign!

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8 thoughts on “Slice of Life Tuesday

  1. I LOVE turtles, and this post made me so happy because I began to reminisce about my experiences that were similar to yours. We used to catch tadpoles, but no turtles. Those we got at the pet store. Three of them, I believe. I wouldn’t want one now though either!

  2. I grew up in Ontario. I remember my dad coming home from night shift with a snapping turtle he’d found. He wanted my twin sister and I to see it. It was a ferocious beast, as I recall. My dad put it in our playhouse to keep us all safe. It was gone the next day. I don’t really know where it went. I couldn’t have been much more than 4 or 5 at the time. I haven’t thought about that old turtle in decades.

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