The kids and I are officially a part of the HCTRU: Harford County Turtle Rescue Unit. Matt is not a member and did not wish to become a member when our Honda Odyssey was headed straight for a very speedy box turtle this morning on the way to church. Poor Matt - God gave him a wife that loves snakes, lizards, reptiles, and all sorts of other creepy crawlies. It was unusual that I was driving instead of Matt but I suppose because I was dropping him off, I ended up behind the wheel. I'm so happy because as a member of HCTRU, I could make the executive decision to stop and rescue our friend.
Slamming on the breaks, I put the van in park, and the kids watched me through the windows with anticipation as I picked up the little guy and brought him into the van with us. Matt was worried about the thing peeing and pooping on our seats, so we put him in a plastic bag and Abs held him till we could get to church and put him in a nice big box.
We are only going to keep "Spots" till Sunday. Stephen hopes to enter him in the Fourth of July Turtle Race in Bel Air. In watching him, I think he's got a shot at winning! He's alert and speedy, that's for sure. In just a bit we are going to prepare a wonderful salad for him: fresh greens, tomato, topped with a juicy worm!