From the wonderful blog: God Spotting, by Jenine
Terrifying turtles is not cool, I don't care if you are a couple of
cute, white, nanny-schooled seven-year-old boys.
Relaxing in a public park after a long walk, I found myself forced to
observe two tikes across the man-made mini-lake tormenting a turtle.
Squealing with joy, Johnny repeatedly scooped one shell-dweller out of
the protected depths and held her (him?) high above a cement-rimmed
pond, then plunked her back down into several feet of water, again and
again, while Cody cheered him on. Truly, I was proud of myself for
directing my objections to their cruel circus not at the unapologetic
ruffians, but toward the so-called caretakers, cooling their heels
shore-side. One of two women yelled to the little dears "Don't pick up
the turtles! They may bite you!" I may bite them, I thought, if it
doesn't stop soon. Obviously, I would be planted on that bench like the
lilies in the mud until order was restored.
After several stare-downs with the supervisors and their mop-top
charges, the motley mob finally left the grounds, and we, the turtles
and I, had a break from their idea of "entertainment." I stood long over
the smoothing surface, a bird's-eye view of little leaf-like heads
pointing above and below the ripples, doing the breaststroke freely
about the pool once more . Yes, the loud and scary giants are gone, I
Within a minute, one especially large turtle with a distinct, golden
shell swam in a bee-line toward my feet. Upon inspection, I recognized
her as the high-flying, unwilling acrobat from the spectacle earlier in
the afternoon. I hesitated to move, not wishing to cause any further
distress, but decided to kneel down for a closer look. She turned
sideways, paddled in one spot a foot from my face, and gazed into my
eyes with her own. Wise Lady T offered me a brief but tender, crinkled
wink of her deep brown eye. Then, under the waterfall she dove, bobbing
among the bubbles to her own song and dance, as she has, and will, for
eons, with or without any help from me.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
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