joy magnetism: Behold the turtle.*

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Behold the turtle.*

Magnet #544 - NC Aquariums Turtle

My BFF gave me a magnet set from the North Carolina Aquariums. I gotta be honest - I hadn't even a clue that there were aquariums in NC. I guess a lot has changed.

I picked this superadorable turtle to go first for two reasons.

The first is that the turtle reminds me of a family trip to the beach when I was seven or eight, and my grandfather insisted that we stop at the side of a country road to rescue a turtle. Or two, if I'm remembering correctly.

While it was probably the wrong thing to do, we picked up the turtle and brought it home, and I remember it living in the bathroom sink and the tub for a little bit. We fed it bananas. Dudes, I don't even know if turtles eat bananas, but these did. It's weird the things you remember, but it's a good memory of grandpa.

And the second reason I'm using this magnet, is because I've decided that for the time being, behaving like a turtle who doesn't stick her neck out seems to be almost as good as being an ostrich with her head buried in the sand. It's happier there, and I can ignore the world better, if I can't see it.

While it might not get me anywhere right now, the company's good, and I can hear myself think. It's nice.

*"Behold the turtle. He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out."
- James Bryant Conant, Harvard University President

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jen said...

I'd say you should stick your neck out and not be the backbone of the company. Yet I like doing the same thing. Heh.

joy said...

Yeah. I'm not a backbone. Besides, even if I were, backbones can still be fired. Particularly loud ones.

Your Nose Is Quite Big said...

I love the quote from Mr. Harvard! Aww. Inspirational. I also like the story about your grandpa (it is the little memories) and the magnet itself. Hella adorable!