Meet My New Little Friend

Meet William Henry Richard Turtle the Third, more commonly known by yours truly as, Lil’ Dude.  wpid-cam00201.jpg

When we went to the Roots and Heritage Festival this Sunday, there was gentleman selling turtles hatchlings for $15 and The Husband bought me one!  Yes, I squeed!

As most of you know, I have a deep love for all things of the turtle nature, whether true turtle or terrapin, I love them because they are slow, determined creatures and prove to me God has a sense of humor because he made “walking rocks”.  When I was younger I had pet terrapins and would keep them all summer and then, at the beginning of September we would let them go so they could hibernate.  One terrapin stayed around my house for years.  His shell, scarred  from years of life and my dogs, Fread was a fixture and always stayed somewhere near the house and would take strawberries and other treats from my hand.

I guess, if I ever truly had a totem animal it would be a turtle.  They are truly fragile creatures:  Everything must be “just so” in order for them to live.  Like me.  But, when their physical needs are met they are strong, determined, sometimes headstrong animals that will close up in their shells and then tip themselves off a cliff to get down the side of a mountain.  Yeah, this sounds very familiar to me because I have closed up in my shell and went head-first into things I probably shouldn’t have and come out OK, much to my surprise as well as my family’s – except for my Dad.  Daddy seemed to know me a lot better than I knew myself back then.

Today The Husband is off helping his dad and picking me up a few things I need for my Lil’ Dude – and yes, it is a male (I checked) – especially a full spectrum light bulb.  He needs this now more than anything, and a larger, glass enclosure.  Already I have plans for his terrarium and habitat.



About Henrietta Handy

I have returned home to the mountains. No more am I "a mountain-girl far from home." Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis at 2 1/2, I understand pain, fatigue, laughter, joy, and love all while on crutches and in wheelchairs. This blog is just about me, mostly the writing side, but there are forays into so many different topics. I am married to a wonderful husband who puts up with my writing, knitting, yarn, with the love of a saint. We have fur babies, and one cat who rules us all.
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