It’s turtle time in the Ozarks, which doesn’t mean much other than turtles are constantly trying to cross the roads. I don’t know who taught them to read, but they sure don’t go to the corner to cross, or cross with the lights. Oh, wait, there are no lights, and for that matter no corners either.
Turtles are all over here, in the Ozarks, and although I try hard to avoid them, my golden rule
is to not cause endangerment to the human species while trying to avoid a wildlife species.
I drive through three of these “curves” signs everyday I go to town, so to get home, there are
also three of them. I couldn’t decide if they were there for our safety or to let us know there are
“turtles in the road ahead, so drive like this”.
And, I don’t know, they aren’t very smart. There is a turtle in the road just a bit from our house,
I swear he’s been there 3 days. One morning he is headed one direction, on my way home he is headed the other direction. And bless his stupid little heart, later that day, he was headed straight down the double yellow strip. I really think he was totally confused, thinking he had to stay between
the yellow stipes.
I think it takes a turtle 5 days to get across a road, what with traffic buzzing by, and the little guy jumps back into his shell, trying to decide if it is safe to come out again.
The only ones that keep going are those mondo snappers that I have seen as big as 18 inches across.
Those suckers would do some real damage to a motorcycle, not to mention my way overdriven, bald tires. I completely avoid those in fear of retaliation from it’s prehistoric relatives lurking in the woods
nearby ready to pounce.
I am told by the locals that turtles search out a different pond to lay their eggs in, then return to
their original pond, thus all the backpacking around here. That’s alot of luggage to drag around, if you ask me. I said, they must give birth to teenagers, they are pretty smart after all.
Speaking of curves in the road, ever feel like your curves in the road are just leading to a dangerous cliff ahead? Why is it that sometimes everything bad happens all at the same time? Well, if you look through the history books, it’s good to know you are not alone, and that those who stuck it out and navigated the dangerous curves, became, stronger, wiser, and a better person for it. Are you travelling dangerous curves right now? Can you see ahead to the better outcome?