Sunlight surrounds me in the backyard jungle of our house as it peeks through a few grey clouds. There’s a slight humidity to the air that is synonymous with a bit of rainfall. It continues to thicken and almost seems to kiss me on the cheek as I walk through the grass. I am searching for the perfect aquarium accessories, and bits of earth that will create an ideal habitat for the silver-dollar sized turtle resting in the palm of my hand.
“These will be perfect for you,” I whisper to the baby turtle while gathering a few stones, twigs, leaves and branches into a pile. “Don’t worry, you’re in great hands. I promise to take care of you and keep you safe from any harm. You will be the happiest turtle in the world!”
Upon saying these words, I carefully lift his shell up close to my face, and give him a telepathic hug of joyful emotions and love. Without a sound, the turtle slowly stretches out its neck as if to tell me a secret and closes its eyes tightly. His little mouth curls into a grin, bending upwards toward the clouds. Wow, I didn’t know turtles could smile!
It is certainly rare in my dreams to experience an event such as this. I feel tremendously blessed and well inside to receive this smile as it fills me with a spark of excitement. Some things cannot be explained completely with words, but I can tell you that this tiny creature and I shared a moment of gratitude – a moment that I will treasure even in my waking life.