When the idea first came to me to write a blog, I had no idea how I was going to come up with a name for it. I kept trying to come up with a catchy name, but nothing ever seemed quite right. The name for this blog came to me on a family trip to the zoo. It still makes me laugh when I think about it. It’s pretty ironic that the name came to me at the zoo since most days I feel like I live in a zoo.
We have visited the zoo numerous times and I have never stopped and watched the turtles. I’ve always thought that turtles were slow and boring. But on this particular day I found out that turtles are actually fascinating. I glanced over and noticed that one of the turtles was upside down. He was pushing with his head and trying to flip himself over. But no matter how hard he tried, he couldn’t get back on his feet again. He needed some help. A Compassionate Turtle noticed his dilemma and came to his rescue. He placed his head under Upside Down Turtle. Then he quickly lifted his head in the hopes of flipping him over. He tried numerous times, but he was not able to flip him over. He needed some help. He needed to find someone bigger and stronger. So he climbed up the hill and found a Bigger Turtle. He guided Bigger Turtle down the hill by biting him on the backside. Bigger Turtle was right beside Upside Down Turtle, but he didn’t stop and help him. He walked right past him. Compassionate Turtle gave up on Bigger Turtle and he went and found Bigger Turtle #2. Once again he led the turtle to Upside Down Turtle by biting his backside. Bigger Turtle #2 also did not stop and try to help Upside Down Turtle. It was at this point that I wanted to jump the fence and turn the poor guy over myself. Why wasn’t there a turtle in distress button that we could push? We watched the turtles for 45 minutes before we decided to move on to see the other animals.
We rode the tram a little while later. As we approached the turtle exhibit, I was relieved to see that the upside down turtle had been rescued. I’ll never know how that little guy got turned back over. Most likely a zoo worker came to his rescue. But if I were able to write the end of the story, I would have had all three of the turtles work together and help Upside Down Turtle get back on his feet again.
When we got home that night, I realized that we have Two Upside Down Turtles of our own. Their world is a little upside down and they see things differently than most people do. It takes our girls a little longer to get where they’re going. But they’re slowly and surely getting there. I’m like the first turtle that came along. I’ve tried to flip my little turtles over by myself. But no matter how hard I try, I just cannot do it by myself. I have to go and find others to help me. We need family to love our Two Upside Down Turtles and help us when we get weary. We also need speech therapists and occupational therapists to help our Two Upside Down Turtles reach their full potential. We need our church family to love on our turtles and cheer them on. As we work together we can get our Two Upside Down Turtles back on their feet again.