Saturday, May 9, 2009

Turtle


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!

14 comments:

Van Wynsberg said...

Aw! so glad you saved the turtle! :)

good stuff. Mothers are amazing.

:)

Leah said...

Oh wow. Great post, and thank you.

Julie said...

Brian Miller- you suck. You made me cry.
Thank you. : )

Megan said...

Actually, I had a stay-home dad...

Dot-Com said...

How cool is that! Only ever seen turtles that people keep as pets. Glad you saved this one.

Daniel said...

Nice post. This morning I got a call from a husky-voiced man who said "Happy Mother's Day" when I answered. Upon realizing his dialing faux pas, quickly said, "Well Happy Father's Day then". I guess it's all good.

Candie Bracci said...

Great post Brian!
And thanks we'll get back at you on father's day!;)

Lola said...

Lovely post, it's a perfect circle, that begins with a turtle being saved and ends with a tear in my eye. Thank you Brian.

The Clever Pup said...

Thanks Brian.
I'm sure mama turtle appreciates it too.

Baino said...

Thank you Brian. I think being a decent mother is my greatest achievement so far! It's not easy, especially when you do it alone but the rewards are amazing. I'm forever rescuing tortoises (no turles in my street) . . very stinky mothers they are!

Rob said...

You only think you saved the turtle. It was actually a ninja and it didn't need you. Just joking. Good post Brian good post.

Brian Miller said...

@rob - the tell tale green ooze gave it away, eh...

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