The purpose of World Turtle Day, May 23, sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive.
Turtle Day is celebrated worldwide in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles or wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities. Turtle Day lesson plans and craft projects encourage teaching about turtles in classrooms.
When Sara wished me a happy World Turtle Day on Facebook, I responded by saying:
That is SO exciting. Now I have to figure out what I need to do to celebrate. I feel like I should take the day off. And do everything slow like a turtle would do. Or hide inside my shell and read a book. Or soak in the sun (I would only do this as a turtle though, because I don't really like the sun). Actually, I had a turtle related blog post that I have had on the back burner...I should post it today!
As promised, here is my turtle post, blog style! I began collecting turtle figurines in high school. I don't know what it is about them that is so cute, but I enjoy them. My obsession has turned into quite a collection
This guy, Tyler, was a present from a boyfriend when I was in high school. I had the biggest box under his tree that Christmas, which is step-sister didn't like! He sat on my bed all through college and was often used as a pillow. When I would move home every summer, Tyler was buckled into the front seat beside me. :) We stopped mentioning the fact that he came from my ex-boyfriend because it wasn't a great break up and I didn't want Tyler to keep hearing about where he came from!
And last, my turtle shirt. You can't really see it in this picture, but it was the best I could find. It says "I like turtles" on it. Plus, I just love this picture of Dad, Daynah, and I.
Happy World Turtle Day, everyone!