November 10, 2009
When Lauren was about a year and a half, a therapist told us to get a pull-toy for her. She was working on fine motor skills and thought it would be good for Lauren to work on this at home. I remember leaving Lauren in the car with my sister-in-law while I ran into Toys-r-Us to get a pull-toy. All I could find was a plastic turtle. So, Mr. Turtle became part of our family that day. Mr. Turtle became Lauren’s best friend, her talisman, her security “turtle”. He has traveled everywhere Lauren has ever been. He has gotten us through EEG’s and long waits in doctor’s offices. He has been to school and church and every family event or holiday that we have celebrated since he joined us. He has also been an ambassador of sorts. When people don’t know what to say to Lauren – they talk about the turtle. When small children stare at her more often than not I hear them ask their mothers, “What’s she playing with?” Mr. Turtle crosses boundaries that Lauren cannot.