What can a night light turtle teach us?
The Shrieking Turtle
A few years ago, my son Derek and his wife Tawni moved in with us for a few months while they were finding a house to purchase. Our home is kinda small, so they and their two small sons all slept together in one room. I, being a very good grandma (heehee), had all the best intentions by buying this turtle that has holes in the top to allow light through, providing stars to dance on the ceiling while also playing ‘soothing music’ to help loll them off to sleep.
I thought it would make the transition from their house, to mine, a bit easier. There are many brands and types of these products on the market, but I happened to hit a sale on the internet and bought this one.
Upon receiving the product, we were shocked to find that this particular turtle was actually made in the workshop of evil minions. The sound, oh the sound, was awful and would make the little ones cry, or cover their ears and run away. So much for the ’Grandma of the Year’ award. As you can imagine, with all four of them in one room, getting the kids to sleep in a new place was a chore every evening.
One particular night my son and daughter-in-law finally got the boys to sleep, and were thrilled to get to bed at a decent hour themselves. They had just started to doze off, when one of the boys, who had apparently put the turtle on his bed, rolled over, setting it off. The screeching began, the lights from the holes in the top started – it was a nightmare. Derek and Tawni both dove to try to get the turtle to be quiet before the boys woke up. Derek got to it first and couldn’t get the switch to work. The next step was to open it and take the battery out, but the latch was stuck. To add to the chaos, they were attempting to work from the light of Tawni’s phone, knowing the bright overhead lights would surely wake up the boys.
They tried to smother the toy with pillows, then their bodies, desperate to get the thing to turn off. It was quite comical when we heard the story the next morning. A funny incident, but it started me to ponder: We didn’t throw the awful thing away when we realized it could be a problem, and not soothing anyone, or anything. We took out the batteries after the maddening incident of almost waking up the boys, yet did not throw it away. When it was a problem, we tried to cover it up – but still did not get rid of it. Do we do that with traits or habits that are as annoying, useless and stifling to our progress?
- We know particular weaknesses we have are holding us back, or even wedging themselves between us and opportunities for growth, yet we don’t get rid of them.
- Are we trying to fool ourselves that no one can hear or see them; yet ignore them thinking that no one cares, when others are truly aggravated with our behavior?
- Does our conduct frustrate the work for good we could, and should do?
Just a bit of food for thought. When a loved one, or a trusted friend lets us know that we have a fault to change, or a weakness to overcome; let’s not try to smother it, bury it, or ignore it – but to get rid of it, once and for all. Why? Because learning what we need to change about our self, then practicing better principles and skills, will allow us to become valued while achieving spectacular and awe-inspiring accomplishments we had never even imagined.
Copyright of Carrie Groneman
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