We saved a life today. She sat on the precipice, contemplating what was zooming past her at 55 mph, life. Sticking her neck out, looking to and fro, yet knowing her legs would not be fast enough. Once the line had been crossed, her life span would be short. And that is how we found her.
She retreated inside her shell, when we picked her up, placing her gently in a soft patch of grass, far from the dangers of the road. Being so close to mothers day, my mind thought of mothers, maybe she was one or at least had one somewhere.
Mothers who carry the weight of the house upon their shoulders. Cooking and making us try everything on our plate. Cleaning. Caring. Making us do our math homework, because it was "good for us." Band-aid-ing skinned knees. Reading bed time stories. Folding our little hands in yours to say our prayers. Mothers have so many roles, many of which never get acknowledged as we rush off head first into the next adventure. Before you know it, they are grown and gone. Life zooms past, like cars to the turtle.
Today we pause. Today we celebrate, for all those things we never said thank you for, and the few times we did. Happy Mother's Day!