When I saw the theme for today’s SoCS prompt by Linda Hill an idea sprung up instantly! I love signs! I have been receiving wondrous signs for years and what a perfect moment to share some of them.
But then my yesterday happened and things took a different turn. It started out simply enough with a plan for getting a prescription picked up, a haircut for the hubby and then a trip to the lighthouse for a quick climb and maybe a brew afterwards.
Nuh uhhh…..I will save my insurance/pharmacy/doctor’s office ineptness rant for another post. Suffice it to say that when it was nearly 2pm amd we still hadn’t made it to the lighthouse I was seeing a sign of a different color-and it wasn’t rainbow.
Then, as we crossed town making our way from one pharmacy to the next, trying to get medication that didn’t cost as much as a night at a decent hotel, we saw something delightful and at the same time frightful. Just ahead of us on the two way traffic road something low and large was moving across the road. We quickly saw it was a very large soft shell turtle. There wasn’t a lot of time to think and with traffic coming from the other direction, our fear was that the turtle would be squashed because when it reached the middle of the road and just stopped! There was a huge vehicle coming right at it, so we stopped and hubby stuck his arm out the window, waving the other car to a stop while we pulled over. What would I do? Well, for starters, there would be photos. 😉 (And please excuse the quality because these are phone shots of camera screen shots because, well, last week I totally lost my photo editing program and have been avoiding being depressed about that-another story)
I picked up a stick lying by he road and gave her a nudge, but I know enough about turtles to know those long nosed varieties have a nasty nipping habit. She wouldn’t budge. The other traffic was stopped and I moved to the side of the road, contemplating calling animal services and wildlife preservation authority.
As luck would have it there was a parks and services truck behind the first car in oncoming traffic. He stopped and guided the first vehicle around our friend then prodded her on to the other side of the road to the lake there, but not without making her quite annoyed. I wish you could have seen that. I have never seen a turtle hop before, but this one did. The parks guy said this variety could indeed be quite nasty and we were lucky she didn’t turn around to have a bite. I thought to myself, “Well, I’d bite anyone who tried to shove a rake up my ass!” But, she did get across the road and all was well. He said she likely crossed to lay her eggs somewhere. I do know that at the rate the oncoming vehicle was traveling coupled with the fact that the driver was oblivious to what was happening, she would likely have been run over if we hadn’t been there in that moment.
This, for me, was a sign that we were meant to be there. It also reminded me that one must be tenacious to reach a goal. At times that means hurrying across a busy road, but at others it means standing your ground to get the attention of someone who can help.
Our difficulties that afternoon continued, complete with pouring rain, being ignored in a restaurant to the point we left then going to their sister location where we were very well taken care of. At the end of it all we shared tequila shots (on the house) to a day well spent. We were together, after all.
Oh…and the ridiculousness with my prescription didn’t end there. I tried picking it up today only to end up with three pills and an IOU for Monday delivery. While I waited I took photos of as many signs as I could…all in one place. How do you know we are becoming a helpless society?
Here’s your sign…..
All in and outside one room, about the size of a two car garage…..and a couple shots didn’t come out. Sigh.
Did you see the signs?