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World Turtle Day

Today is World Turtle Day, not to be confused with National Turtle Day or Bring Your Turtle to Work Day.

I have three stories about turtles … four if you count how many times I read Dr. Suess’ ‘Yertle the Turtle’ to my kids. And I don’t.

1. My brother had two teeny tiny turtles named Doublemint and Spearmint. I know. Technically less of a story and more of a fact.

2. A huge tortoise found its way into our backyard in Colorado Springs when I was young. Huge. Big enough for me to ride on. He just showed up one day, like he owned the place. We fed him copious amounts of lettuce and raw hamburger which was gross. He ate right out of our hands. Which was also gross. He reminded me of my Grandpa which made me love him more than a little girl should love a land-dwelling reptile. Not that Grandpa ever ate raw hamburger or from my fingers, but I loved how he kinda looked like a turtle. Here he is … what do you think?

I’m sure we named him, but for the life of me I can’t remember. Grandpa, of course, was named “Grandpa.”

It broke my heart when Turtle decided he’d heard all of our jokes and eaten enough of our gross hamburger and simply disappeared forever. In that way he was decidedly not like Grandpa who never left without slipping me some coin.

3. When I was a mere wisp of a girl, we were on vacation driving through somewhere hot … Texas? Oklahoma? … and I saw two wild turtles plodding along the side of the highway, making their way through the desert. Who knew they lived in the wild?! It was quite the revelation to me, Suburban Girl. My superpower, by the way, was avoiding cracks while jumping rope so as not to break my mother’s back. So far, so good.

It occurs to me I have not seen a turtle since I was 9 years old, except in zoos and pet shops and other animal jails. But if I did, I would speak soothingly to it and offer it lettuce and raw hamburger. It would be gross.

It’s nice to know some things from my youth will never change.

How will you celebrate World Turtle Day?

Happy Birthday, Dr Seuss!

Today is “Read Across America” day, honoring the birthday of Dr. Seuss. I wonder if there’s a kid who has never had the opportunity to hear a Dr Seuss story. If you find one, you know what to do.

We’ve all been touched by the phenomenal Dr Seuss. In fact, when my son was in boot camp he made reference to The Waiting Place from “The Places You’ll Go.” His friend was flummoxed and had no idea what he was talking about. He asked us to send him a copy so he could read it to him.

Yes. Yes, we did.

But because I can’t read to you today, I’m going to take you to Seussville so you can play in the playground. Beware of Sneetches.

The Grinch Grow Your Heart game was hard but I redeemed myself playing One Fish Two Fish Concentration.

These are a few of my favorite Seussisms …

I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!

So the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself, any direction you choose.

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is youer than you.

What’s your favorite Seussism?