Have you ever collected anything?
Have you ever LOVED something so much that you would do anything for it?
You would search the world over to find that special "one"?
Kinley has collected rocks her whole life. I am talking 13 years of finding rocks of all shapes, colors, and sizes under her bed, in her closet, and in MY dryer!
Now she has narrowed it down a bit to rocks with more value...which is also more expensive.
The only thing I can relate this to in my life is antique jewelry
and that didn't start until my thirties!
It all began when my husbands uncle brought home a TRUNK of it!
It took 2 men to lift this treasure that was brought all the way from California! The lady that owned all of the jewelry obviously had an obsession for the stuff!
Uncle Al spread it all over a six foot table so we could divide it between us. My two sister in laws and I stood around the table taking turns picking one piece at a time for several hours. It was all beautiful with intricate detail that made it so hard to choose. I saw several I wanted but didn't want to say anything for fear that the others would
pick it before it was my turn! Mandy, my cousin that wasn't even there came out ahead of everyone because there was a bunch of jewelry that looked so much like something she would wear and love that we all made a pile for her.
Since that day I search for special pieces in antique stores when I get a chance.
It has actually been interesting because so much of the "trendy" jewelry that are in stores now are knockoffs, just like the clothing industry. For example, the owls everyone has been wearing for a few years now...
I have a few antique owls that I wear all the time.
Now for the actual reason I started writing this post.....
My dear Brighton LOVES turtles.
She has loved them for years. Because of this, her Grandparents bought her a huge
collection of turtles made of ceramic, plastic, fabric, and other random materials. She has tried for years to get us to buy her a real turtle. We thought about it and decided to wait and see if she could take care of fish first. We almost bought her one for Christmas a few years ago until we learned that kids can get salmanilla from turtles.
THAT sealed the deal. NO TURTLE.
Fast forward until yesterday....my friend called me and let me know that her friend
was giving a turtle away with the cage, lights and everything.
I asked what it ate because I am NOT ok with the live feeding thing.
She assured me that the turtle was a herbivore and I wouldn't be making trips to the pet store for dead crickets, fish or anything of the sort. How could I pass it up? It was too simple. I called Jon and let him know my dilemma. Being that Jon was a huge animal lover as a child, he couldn't resist. Other kids have asked for all kinds of animals but the hair makes him have allergies, and the kids barely take care of the one dog we have so Brighton hit the jackpot when she picked an animal that wouldn't annoy us...too bad.
We let her know that she was getting an early birthday present and told her to shut her eyes.
We were all sitting in the front room waiting with anticipation to see the look on her face. All
the kids knew how big of deal this was.
When we gave her the go ahead, she opened her eyes......
The HAPPIEST little girl ON EARTH!
(Do you see the tears in her eyes?)
So far she hasn't named the little guy but has thrown around some names like
Hagrid, Virginia, Speedy, Bullet, Steve, and Eragog!
Jon couldn't help but play with him.
The proud owner of the cutest, most loved "Russian Tortoise" around!
We let it crawl around and held it. It didn't seem to love the flash from my camera in it's eyes for some reason.
Last night before bed I found her "instructions" on how to take care of the turtle.
It says, "Wait three to four days for your pet to adjust to his new surroundings,
then try holding him for short amounts of time offering food by hand."
With a lot of luck, hand washing and years of work, he is supposed to live FIFTY YEARS!
We figure if Brighton can pull this off, she will be 58 years old.
That's more years than most people stay married.
He will be a perfect companion for my Brighton!