the turtle’s crossing


The turtle totem wisdom teaches us about walking our path in peace and sticking to it with determination and serenity. Slow moving on earth, yet also incredibly fast and agile in water, those who have the turtle as totem or spirit animal may be encouraged to take a break in their busy lives and look around or within themselves for more grounded, long-lasting solutions. Traditionally, the turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether it’s inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or a peaceful relationship with our environment. – Elena Harris

One Saturday later, on walkabout with my science minded friend, I found a feather and a baculum.. the latter amusing because of what we were discussing at the time. Amongst the talk of the comings and goings of life, the almost stormy weather eased away our stressors a bit. It was a day much needed. A turtle crossed our path.. for a second I thought of him and of a love enduring.

I went home, back to the garden, and did some much needed trimming. My newly planted belladonna was perking up but I think the basil may not survive the damage of that last cold night. The hawthorn is still leafing out. It has these teeny little thorns. Everything is on the cusp of explosion and I am anticipating what the warm will bring.

That following Sunday, a day of doing what one normally does, he wrapped his arms around me and said that he was thankful to have me in his life. It is in these quieter moments that one realizes what all the work is for.. and what happiness can be if you’re willing to do that work. After I fell asleep that night, instead of waking me, he folded the laundry and I felt that my little realm was back on its way to perfection.


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