Some days are worse than others. Of course…everyone knows that. There are days I want to talk about every detail of my day, and days were I wish it wasn’t a sign of insanity to talk to yourself and enjoy the conversation. Lately, I have been experiencing days where I NEED to talk about my day. I need feedback. Confirmation that the things in my life happen to other people, too, and that my life is normal. I mean crazy is the new normal, right? When I am having a particularly bad day, I remember the tortoise. This is my first post. I hope you can either laugh, cry or stare in disbelief along with me while I share my days with those willing to read along.
One day, a friend and I decided to go jogging on a rarely used hiking trail within the property of a camp ground where we worked. I was thinking I had a rough day, and I’m pretty sure I was whining about it, too. As we reached a fairly remote part of the trail we both slowed and then halted. We looked at each other puzzled, unsure of how to approach the animal in front of us. We had come upon a Gopher Tortoise who was obviously having a worse day than I could imagine.
The tortoise stared at us helplessly upside down. We thought, “who would do such thing?” as we got closer we realized that not only was the tortoise upside down, on his back, it had a huge pile of soft served shit in the middle of it’s belly. Our guess was that a larger animal wanted to eat the tortoise but couldn’t get it out of his shell. So to keep the meal from escaping, it was flipped over. Then to assure no other predator ate the tortoise they claimed it with a nicely placed and perfectly twirled pile of soft served shit. And I thought I was having a bad day!
Of course, now which of us was to flip it over upright. Well, my friend was 6’7″, with an obvious longer reach, so he had the honors. As the tortoise was flipped back onto it’s belly, you hear that squish sound, you know the noise…eww. All we could say was “scrape little buddy, SCRAPE!” It was slow at first (no pun) but the animal seemed fine and looked thankful. This is a completely true story.
So, whenever I’m feeling sorry for myself and thinking I had a bad day, I think of the tortoise. Then, I remind myself that, although things look upside down and hopeless, it could be worse and that maybe someone will come along and flip me upright. Just remember to “scrape”!!!