Pay It Forward-The Tortoise and The Realtor

Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country

Pay It Forward-The Tortoise and The RealtorPay 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!


Pay It Forward-The Tortoise and The RealtorNow 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!


Comments (6)

Paul Walker
Equity Fifty Five Realty, LLC - Scott AFB, IL
Scott AFB IL Area Realtor

Your act of kindness for those turtles was a very nice way to pay it forward. I've got to wonder though if they knew they was on the other side of the road, or felt they needed to cross back over again? It's hard to know what turtles are thinking, and how they know where they are headed. I suppose God has given them a little GPS system in their head to know their whereabouts. He certainly gave them patience to get to the other side!

Jun 19, 2011 10:49 AM
Pat Fenn
Marketing Specialist for CJ Realty Group/Cindy Jones Broker - Springfield, VA

It must be time for the turtles to cross the road all over.  I stopped to pick up a little fella this week too.  The swamp must look better on the other side of the road.

Jun 19, 2011 11:16 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Way to go Marge, That is great for these little guys (or girls).  Wonder what they were going to do with the extra time you save them?  Have a great day!

Jun 20, 2011 02:17 AM
Margie Kopp Sorrell
Coldwell Banker Lake Oconee Realty and Lake Country - Greensboro, GA
Lake Oconee Real Estate

Paul- I've always thought it would be incredible to be able to get into the minds of animals and see what they are thinking. They obviously have ways of communicating/their own languages amongst them just as we do. When we're sitting on our dock and the birds are chirping I wonder if they are saying to each other, "I wish we could understand what those ppl are saying." It would be a very cool and interesting world, no?

Pat-my fiance got a big kick out of it everytime I walked into the house at the end of the day saying, "helped another turtle today!" I guess when you think about it it does sound kind of funny when you're saying it three times in one wk!

Will-hopefully telling the homeowner of the place I was going to check out that I deserve their listing : )

Jun 20, 2011 02:28 AM
Not a real person
San Diego, CA

After reading the comments, too, I’m thinking of Dr. Dolittle talking to the animals. Am I dating myself? JJJJ

Jun 23, 2011 03:03 AM
Kim Logan
Kim Logan - Keller Williams Lake Oconee Realty

Hey Girl, Great Post!! Jamie and I do that all the time!!! It has helped me and maybe you!!  I think we have saved a  100 turtles. Kim

Jun 24, 2011 06:54 AM