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.
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
- 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!