Friday, April 24, 2009
Baby Turtle Up-Update and Acceptance!
Remember back in 2006, how I dug up the driveway turtle nest, nurtured the eggs, and hatched out a clutch of turtles?
Remember how I have updated you often regarding their progress?
Well, here I go again.
The pond has stayed dry for almost as long as I have had these turtlings, so some of them are still with me. This has NOTHING to do with the fact that they are charming and fun to have around.
So wipe that smug, knowing look off your face.
I am simply providing a temporary home until the pond fills again.
Yesterday, I ran into the cute little boy whose Grandma (she works cleaning the school) asked me for a baby turtle over a year ago. She wanted to give it to him as a Christmas present as he loves turtles.
He's about 8.
He calls me "Turtle Man" and I call him "Turtle Guy".
He started the conversation by telling me I'm his best friend.
I'm not of course, we don't even see each other that much, but it was his way of telling me he really likes his turtle.
" Do I have to let my turtle go?"
"Why would you do that?"
"It's getting so big."
"Well, he has to have room to live. Can you just get a bigger home for him?"
"Maybe. I'll ask Grandma."
"You do that and if you have to let him go, I can babysit him for you."
And off he went to take care of 8 year old business.
Poor lad, he's fallen for that turtle and gotten completely attached to it.
I'm only keeping mine because the pond is dry.
No, really. That is the reason.
Okay, I see the doubt in your eyes, so I'm changing the topic.
"Thank you for applying to the Aquaculture Immersion Excursion Teacher Workshop at Harbor Branch, sponsored by FDACS Aquaculture Review Council. We received 80 applications from elementary, middle, high school, and community teachers from all over the state. Applications were reviewed by a committee and ranked according to content, how the educator/teacher would use the curriculum, and how many students would be exposed to the curriculum (i.e., represent a variety of schools and geographical locations). We have selected 50 participants for the workshops.
We are pleased to inform you that your application was favorably reviewed and you have been accepted. Congratulations! We are excited to share this experience with you and look forward to meeting you."
When the announcement for this training arrived via email a few months ago, I just stared at the screen in disbelief.
If I were designing a training and a place I would most love to attend, this was it. Harbor Branch is the Mecca of aquaculture research and education.
So I applied instantly.
Then, I waited. The deadline for applications was April 17, so it was a long wait, but today I got the great news!
So, as soon as this school year ends, I'm heading south to be immersed in Aquaculture at a place I've always wanted to visit.
What a nice way to end the week.