January 18, 2011
There once was a little girl. On her way to Grandma's house, she found a baby turtle struggling to cross the street. Concerned that the turtle wouldn't make it across the busy road, her dad picked it up and decided to help it out.
The turtle was small in the little girl's hands.
The girl and her dad took the turtle to the local nature center to talk with someone about what they should do. The naturalist at the center said the turtle was probably only a day old. She told the little girl she had three options. She could put the turtle in the lake, she could keep the turtle as a pet, or she could let the nature center put the turtle in an aquarium.
The little girl said she wanted to put the turtle in the lake. So, the little girl and her dad walked to a dock on the lake.
The little girl bent over on the dock until her fingers could touch the water.
And she let the turtle go.
And they watched the turtle swim away.
The little girl was very proud of her decision. "The turtle will be happier in the lake than he would be in a cage," she said.
Her dad was proud of the little girl, too, and he doubts the little girl will ever forget the time when they put the baby turtle in the lake.
It was a beautiful and memorable day.
Posted by snackeru at January 18, 2011 12:42 PM