Pay It Forward-The Tortoise and The Realtor. Not once, not twice, but THREE times this week while out driving around working I drove up on turtles trying to get from one side of the road to the other. The first turtle had barely even started it's trek. Poor little fella had a long way to go. As I crested a hill I happened to notice him off to the left of my car and he quickly closed himself up in his shell in defense. I slowed down and, after checking to see if there were any cars behind me, put my car in reverse and backed up. I couldn't help but laugh as I got out of the car and picked the turtle up and carried him across the road to the other side. I laughed because as I was carrying him, in my head I was thinking "Cool this can be my pay it forward for the week!" I know it wasn't a huge act of kindness but it was one nonetheless and I want to think he was very appreciative of my help in aiding him from possibly getting hit by a car!
Now this guy...he wasn't quite as happy about my trying to help. He was much larger and was getting along pretty good. I'm hard pressed to think that if you hit him with your car that he wouldn't do more damage to your car than you would to him! He was pretty testy when I got out to approach him. He rared all up and started hissing at me so I figured I needed to be a little more careful. He was a snapping turtle and could have easily taken my finger off so my efforts in paying it forward for this "little" fella just entailed me standing there in the road so that I could slow down any traffic had cars driven up.
The third turtle of the week was more like the first one in terms of size so again I was able to just pick him up and carry him to the other side of the road. I'm pretty convinved the glistening pond to my right was calling his name and he was probably headed there to cool off from this sweltering heat we've been having lately.
So this was my pay it forward for the week. A little silly but I've had it in mind to write this since last Monday and was thrilled that it happened not once but three times!