Why did the turtle cross the road?

To get to the Shell Station.

A priest visiting our parish told that joke at a recent Mass. It’s cute, and appropriate for the season, when turtles are migrating to areas where the females will nest and lay their eggs. Do you live in an area where turtles are on the move? I pass through a migration zone (actually, it’s only about a quarter of a mile) every day on my way to and from work.

For years, homemade signs warning drivers to Slow Down! because there are Turtles Crossing! dotted the side of the road.



Two or three years ago, professionally made signs replaced the placards the turtles’ human neighbors thoughtfully made to assist them in their jaywalking.



Notice the migration time span is listed, as if the crossing is a festival or the turtles a planet in retrograde for three weeks.

A new sign was added to the mix this year.



An electronic board! How cool is that!

I’ve also seen humans directing traffic around a turtle in mid-crossing this year. One morning two residents were in the middle of the road, pointing out a slow-moving ectotherm (yes, I had to look that up). Of course, I don’t have a photograph of the turtle. I didn’t have my camera with me that morning. Oh, well. The signs are enough to tickle my funny bone, which you may be thinking is easily tickled. Yes, it is. Anything that adds a bit of color to my routine day is very welcome.

So how about you? Do you share the road with turtles for two or three weeks out of the year? Or have you recently encountered something during the course of the day that seemed a bit absurd, but isn’t really, that just makes you smile and giggle?




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