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  • Writer's pictureReyna Bradford

It Took A Turtle (Written 10/5/20)

You never know what will happen on a dog walk.

Maybe I've mentioned that before, but what happen today surprised even me.

We had just about made it home. The road grader had rumbled through the

neighborhood a week or so earlier, dumping an insane amount of coarse,

brown-sugar gravel all over my roads. We're talking about serious stones

that made serious walking a real challenge. I am not a fan of the road


So today, about fifty feet from the turn in to our driveway, the toe of

my right boot slammed against a particularly huge rock. The rock skidded

four or five feet ahead of me, and I gritted my teeth and rolled my eyes.

All right, I'd had it. Thick gravel and medium stones were one thing. I

can tromp through those with only an occasional slip and stumble. But

this thing was a real ankle-breaker, and I was going to get it the heck

out of my way.

I reached down to grab it, with every intention of hurling it as far as

I could throw, out into the neighbor's pasture. I wasn't going to mess

with this thing again.

Except that it wasn't a rock. Instead, my fingers closed around

something smooth, oval-shaped, and slightly flat. It was roughly the size

of my two hands put together. Definitely not a rock. It was a turtle.

Once I was sure it wasn't a snapping turtle, I petted it for a minute.

Box turtles are so sweet. They have a really neat feel to them, and

they're fun to gently play with for a little while. I knew that this

little guy was on its way down to the creek bottom to find a warm place

to bury itself for the winter. I wished it luck, scooped it up, and

carefully set it in the long grass beside the pasture fence, well off

the road, away from careless cars and stomping humans. How cool that I

had found it. It was closed up tight, all tucked in to its tiled shell.

It made me smile.

I called the curious dogs to "leave it," hopped back onto the road, and

swung in to our driveway. I needed a smile today. And this time, it took

a turtle.

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