Monday, April 19, 2010

What I Learned from Larry

The tortoises were feeling rambunctious the other day. Well, at least Larry was. He was rambling all over the place...until he arrived at the spot where Mrs. Larry blocked his path. She sprawled, full after eating, content and serene, minding her own business.

Now, let me say this: Larry had plenty of room to go around her. He had options. He had choices. But, Larry apparently decided this was his path and he was going to stay on it no matter what. He bulldozed over Mrs. Larry like a small, determined tank...until he was balanced precariously on top of her shell. (Meanwhile, Mrs. L looked like she couldn't care less what was happening.)

Maybe he should've gone around her in the first place. Maybe he should've gone back the way he had come. But none of that mattered now. He had charged ahead with his plan and now he was flailing. What's a tortoise to do?

Larry had a choice: he could slide back down, skulk around Mrs. L, then continue on his way OR he could push himself forward and end up on the other side. As Mrs. L rolled her eyes, (I swear that's what it looked like!) Larry tipped himself forward and marched onward.

This is what I learned from Larry: persistence, baby. Keep going. Don't let obstacles stand in your way. If Larry can do it, then so can I. So can you.


  1. I love turtles!

    Persistence is important, thanks for reminding me. I also think Mrs. Larry should be commended for her tolerance too. Happy turtle watching!

  2. Hey, Stacy! Mrs. Larry - like a lot of long-suffering females - is used to her mate's antics by now. :)

  3. Lovely blog here, and nice post. What we can learn from watching animals!!


  4. Thank you, KarenG! Please stop by and visit me and the tortoises again.