• Another 100 Days of Good Karma: Day 288 (A New Pet)


    Saturday, April 25, 2015

    Run/ Walk/ Bike/ Elliptical (Today:  0.00 miles;  Running Total: 256.66 miles)

    Day 288 of *Another* 100 Days of Good Karma.

    We went to lunch with some friends we haven’t seen for a very long time. It was good to catch up and see where they are in their lives.

    On the way back to the house we turned into our neighborhood and saw a brown shape near the curb and edging into the road. I had a feeling I knew what it was so I stopped the car for the kids to see. Justin jumped out and went over to pick it up.

    He carried it back to the car and the kids shrieked with delight.

    There’s some kind of construction going on in a nearby field so our neighborhood has spotted a lot of wildlife lately. Snakes, coyotes, and, apparently, turtles.

    Justin declared the turtle our new pet.

    “Mommy’s got an itch for another dog” he said to the kids. “She can have this instead.”

    (A turtle, I’d like to point out, does not equal a dog.)

    The kids were so excited.

    They put him in the kitchen sink with some lettuce and water.

    Then Hannah snagged my phone from my purse and did some research. After a while we declared him a male Red Eared Slider Turtle.

    A lively debate ensued over a name.

    Hannah wanted Ruth. As in Babe Ruth. Which baffles me because we don’t even watch baseball.

    Connor wanted Toothless, thinking of the movie How to Train Your Dragon.

    Justin wanted to name him after one of the ninja turtles (this was my favorite idea). I voted for Raphael because the turtle had red markings on the side of his head.

    Of course, we couldn’t agree on a name, so we’re all referring to him as something different.

    Ruth/Toothless/Raphael spent the night in our sink with lettuce and a bowl of water. I could hear him scratching the sides of the sink while we watched TV in the living room. Whenever I looked into the sink he’d pull his head back into his shell. Either he’s shy or we’re really loud.

    Probably both.

    These guys can live for up to thirty years and need a diet of earthworms so I’m not completely sold on ours being the turtle’s ‘forever home’.


    Today’s silver lining: I think I’m one step closer to getting that second dog.

    What’s your silver lining today?  I love comments!

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  1. […] turned the turtle loose. The kids and I took him to a nearby pond where I’ve seen a bunch of other turtles […]

  2. Kristel says:

    🙂 I’m glad Raphael-Toothless-Babe Ruth got to visit you and the kids for a lettuce vacation. Maybe you and the kids can visit him at the pond!

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