Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Pacing Yourself . . . the Tortoise Way

We put a parsley plant in the tortoises' tank. It was full and leafy and dressed up their home quite a bit. They both seemed to enjoy it, although Larry munched for longer and enjoyed poking around under it.

See how pretty the plant is? Okay. Now, the next day, I walked in the door and this is what I saw...

The chewed up plant was tipped over on its side. Mrs. L was waaaaaay over on the other side of the tank. Larry, however, was still nibbling the evidence.  

Now, did this happen because they were bored or because the plant was a novelty? Did they just enjoy having it so much, they couldn't resist reveling in it? I don't know, because all they did was look at me all innocent-eyed, even Larry who had parsley stuck to his face. 

As I pulled the ravaged plant from the tank, I also pulled a lesson:  Sometimes it's good to hold back, pace yourself, show a little restraint, but there's also something to be said for letting go, letting yourself go, and throwing yourself into something you love and relishing it.

So, go ahead - find your parsley plant...and do with it what you will.


  1. Ha ha ha! They actually LOVE basil, too.

    What cracked me up was that it felt like they were waiting for us to be gone before they devoured it - sort of like little kids sneaking cookies or something. :)

  2. And yet you'd think a tortoise would be so slow... Guess it takes two.

  3. Milo, you'd be surprised. These two can motor when they want to.