Lost and Found

This past weekend, one of my neighbors gave my third son Jake a turtle which he named Jerry.  Jake left Jerry outside in too small of a box, and by the time we got back from a walk, his turtle was gone. We were all in a panic and looked all over for Jerry. Our cat ended up finding him underneath some weeds a couple feet away from where the box was. Whew…close call.

When Jake plays outside, he takes Jerry out of his box and lets him hang out in the grass. Last night was no exception. But last night was very chaotic, more chaotic than usual.  Jeff brought one of the other teacher’s kids home with him, so we had seven kids running around the yard with Jerry smack dab in the middle of it all. By the time the other children were picked up, there was piano to do, teeth to brush, and we’ve been ending our nightly routine by playing a rousing game of foosball. Not until this morning before Jeff and the boys were leaving for school did we realize that Jerry was not in his box. Left outside all night, Jerry could have been anywhere. . .Jeff and I both realized we might be spending the summer looking for Jerry.


Jeff and my other two boys left early for school, but I let Jake stay home and look for his turtle. At one point he screamed out, “It’s just a stupid turtle anyway!” But for Jake, who loves all animals, he was heartbroken as only a 9 year old can be over a lost pet. In fact, in Jake’s back pack I had just found a picture Jake had drawn of Jerry…I was glad Jake had documented Jerry’s short life with us, because we’d surely seen the last of him.


Jake didn’t want to be late for school, so I went outside to tell Jake that we needed to leave soon. As I was talking to Jake, something caught my attention because I glanced over to my left. There in front of our shed was Jerry craning his neck at me…just waiting for us to find him…well, that’s what I’d like to think.


So, once again, Jerry had been found. I’m sure Jerry will escape again or be forgotten or lost, and there will be more tears and perhaps another search and rescue, but it’s worth it. It’s worth seeing my son hang out with his turtle and take care of something that makes him so happy. There will be disappointing, heartbreaking days for Jake…I’m just glad today was not one of them.





3 Responses to “Lost and Found”

  1. May 17, 2008 at 4:18 am

    Look what Daddy and our puppy (Abbey) found outside a few days ago. Kristin had one named Ted last year but I can’t find those pictures. No, this isn’t him, she had written his name in black marker on his shell and he was much smaller. She set him free in our pond because she didn’t think she was taking very good care of him. She was so brave and grown up about it but it was truly sad. We grew to love Ted. He’d let us pet his shell with his head out. She has a huge heart for animals of all kinds too. They seem to know it and just come to her before any of the rest of us. Kids & animals are always a great Kodak moment, huh? We’d love to see pictures of yours too Jake.

  2. May 19, 2008 at 8:03 am

    I guess you have to copy and paste in your browser to see the picture.

  3. 3 Anna
    May 21, 2008 at 8:43 am

    this reminds me of Holly. She always had pets. We went out of town once and my dad thought it would be a great idea to put her hermit crabs in the bath with just a tad bit of water in the bottom of the tub where the drain was. Well he didnt turn the water all the way off and by the time we got back from our week vacation the hermit crabs were floating at the top of the tub. We had 4 funreals in the back yard that day. Holly loved those things. It was very sad.

    She also left one on her bed once and fell asleep. The next morning we had to search the entire house. Later that day we found him in a shoe. It was wonderful surprise.

    Im glad Jakey has something like this to take care of. Maybe he will get better about not forgetting him. 🙂 maybe?

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