Meet "the turtle".
I never could have imagined that my married life would include a 20 year old turtle. And yes, he goes by Turtle. When Caleb was in grade three he got two little pet turtles. If any of you have seen baby turtles you know how small and cute they are!
He named them Rafael and Michelangelo of course! What else would you name turtles?
Well one of them died not long after, and it's almost impossible to tell turtles apart, so from then on he became "the turtle". Some people think it's sad he has no real name, but I think it works!
He has lived at Caleb's parents for the majority of his life, and I thought they were joking when they said we were going to take him after we got married. We went to Halifax for a year and that got us out of turtle duty for a while. But literally the minute we got to Calgary, he was ours....and I was horrified!! I couldn't imagine making space in our already tiny place for this thing!
But we made it work and I have to admit that he's grown on me. Both me and Caleb often find ourselves just looking at him, and when I do I usually call to Caleb, "come look what the turtle is doing!" Even if he's just taking a nap...he looks so cute! One of Caleb's main phrases since we got him is "that would be great for the turtle", or "we should buy that for the turtle." A few weeks ago we bought him turtle lotion for his turtle skin condition. Turtle lotion?!? Who knew that even existed.
"I feel like the turtle is bored" is also a common one for us to say.
If having this guy is any indication of the kind of parents we will be I would say the word that would best describe us would be paranoid. I panic and think the turtle is dead probably about once a week. When we go on vacation, you will hear the phrase "I'm worried about the turtle" probably once a day. When we were in Mexico we even made our landlords go check on him because we were so worried about him! So i have to admit I do like having him around.
He's already 21 I think, and I checked online the lifespan of these guys, and let me tell you he might be around for a lot longer! But I'm not sure I'll mind so much anymore. :)
(Caleb also would like me to clarify that we don't keep him in this plastic box. He has a much larger tank, but we do feed him in this thing.)
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