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Woke this morning with a Y from Scrabble glued to my calf. Don’t ask. It’s worth 4  points so I’m ahead (of what, she asks).

Last night I was packing up some beads and gifts for a friend of mine whose daughter got hit by a truck and will never be the same: facial and jaw injuries, perhaps brain damage. Horrible. I put these little turtle earrings in the package and then I wondered if it was a turtle message for her, or is the message for me?


“Turtle teaches you how to use protection. If you are bothered by the actions or words of others, it is time to go inside and honor your feelings. If you are attacked, it is time to give a warning snap,” says the Medicine Cards.

I don’t know what that means for my friend or her daughter but I know I can be like the Princess and the Pea – sensitive to the tiniest thing. Perhaps developing a strong outer shell is a good idea for me, and for her too, I suppose, since she is now re-entering the world as a very different being.

It also brings to mind the “slow and steady wins the race’ idea. “Bigger, stronger and faster are not always the best ways to get to a goal.” Oh my, and I did just race ahead and send out a “warning snap” email message that may not have been the best timing.

Oh well, at least the turtle card message ends this way: “This is a reminder of the ally you have in Mother Earth. It does not matter what situation you have created: ask for her assistance and abundance will follow.”

How do you think you are like “turtle”? Does your shell protect you, or are you hiding away in it?