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A TURTLE b. Malin

Updated on June 14, 2011
A Young Timmy...Photo by Stephan
A Young Timmy...Photo by Stephan


We first met "Timmy" in the Spring of 2008 attempting to walk across our driveway. He looked like he was a few days old, a mere baby. Lover Man picked him up and sat him in the palm of his hand. The turtle just stared up at him as if he were studying the situation. I leaned in and sighed as I said to Lover Man, "Oh he's so cute, and helpless, but yet he doesn't seem to be afraid of us, let's give him a Name, I know let's call him "Timmy".

Now in the State of New Jersey, it is illegal to keep a Turtle as a pet. I suppose you could go out of State and bring one back from a Pet Shop in Pa. But then you'd have to Prove that's where the Turtle came from...It goes back to the days when kids got "Salamander" from Turtles.

So...knowing this, we put "Timmy" back down in the driveway. He looked up at both of us, his head moving from Me to Lover Man like he was questioning "what next" in his mind. "I don't know Timmy" I said aloud. "You're welcome to stay, that is allowed, so make yourself at home." Well I guess he did. The next time he was spotted was that September after the driveway had been redone and Pavers had been put down. Lover Man and I were admiring the finished work after the Crew had left. Suddenly we saw Timmy coming towards us. I swear, he looked like he was SMILING in recognition!

"Look, look, I said to Lover Man, excitement growing in my voice. It's Timmy". "So it is", Lover Man said as he walked towards him and scooped him up. The three of us just stared at one another all grinning from ear to ear. "Wow, I said this is unbelievable"! And Lover Man said smiling down at Timmy, "hey little guy we've grown some". I think we both felt like proud parent's. I know it's silly...But we did!

The last time we saw Timmy on our property was last May. We were planting in our back garden and Lover Man went to turn on the hose. Well there was Timmy sitting there smiling up. "Hey little guy, Lover Man said as he waved me over, look who's here". "Oh Timmy I said smiling down at him, how are you, we've missed you!"

It was a Wonderful afternoon. Timmy climbed over the hose as it lay on the ground, it was like he was playing...Back and forth he went. At the end of the day we watched as he began to walk away. He looked back once, I swear if he could have, he would have WAVED. I mean he did kinda left his right foot in our direction. Lover Man put his arm around me and pulled me close. "I think our little guy is off to see the world...I don't think we will be seeing him again". I felt my eyes filling with tears. I knew he was only a Turtle...But it's complicated when you try to explain.

Flash forward to this June, 2011 and we are riding our bikes when Lover Man yells to me, "Hey there's a large Turtle in the Street". We both stop and stare. The Turtle turns slowly and looks up...Could it be? Is it our Timmy? Lover Man says, "let's move him over to a safer spot". He scoops him up and puts him on the grass. The Turtle puts it's head inside it's shell. And than he slowly brings it out and looks at us, really looks at us...And then he begins to SMILE In recognition. "It's Timmy I say excitedly, it's him!" "So it is", sighs Lover Man.

But then a STRANGE thing happens...suddenly from behind a Rock, out comes two Baby Turtles and they come straight to Timmy. Timmy looks up at us and smiles, suddenly we are laughing. Our "Timmy"... is a Tammy!


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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thank You so much Icbenefield. I really do enjoy writing about animals and how I image "they" think. So glad i could amuse you!

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      lcbenefield 6 years ago from Georgia

      Cute and funny. voted up. You have such a great way with words. Well done.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Why Thank You Vocalcoach for all your Wonderful Comments. I Love to use my imagination to create a (hopefully) fun Animal story...a little Fact along with some Fiction, goes along way. I hope you find your "Turtle" too...We have a lot hear on the Jersey Shore. LOL.

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      Audrey Hunt 6 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      What a great way to begin my day! Thanks to your story about timmy/tammy - the most adorable, wonderful and well-written turtle story in the entire world. I will be on the lookout for a timmy/tammy when I go on my beautiful walks. Oh, I want one now. See what you've done? :) Rated up and pressed every button on this one.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thanks so much PegCole, I had come across Timmy/Tammy's picture that Lover Man had taken on the day he/she took off to Explore the World... that's when I decided to write a Hub about this little Turtle. Loved your Comments and Compliments.

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      Peg Cole 6 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Such an adorable story. It brought a smile on this new day. Thanks! We had Jeremy who became Jeremina when she began to lay eggs in our turtle tank. Yours is a funny story and well told.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Our Turtle Timmy/Tammy belongs to Everyone who reads this Hub and gets some Fun, or Enjoyment from it. So glad you stopped by Alicia and gave it a "Lovely" story comments.

      Hi JayantiAnubhav, Thank You as very much for Reading, and Loving something that gave ME great pleasure to write!

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      JayantiAnubhav 6 years ago

      oh my God, just loved it... so fluid and expressing...Thanks a lot

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      Linda Crampton 6 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is a lovely story with a surprise ending. I've never got to know a turtle very well. Timmy/Tammy sounds like an interesting character!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thank You Froggy, but there are lots of Turtles here on the Jersey Shore...All sizes, and of course I wouldn't want to make Tammy jealous by accepting your kind offer (Ha, Ha)

      So glad you enjoyed this one! Hey Froggy what does LAMO stand for?

      Jinny, Thank You so very much for all your kind Words and Lovely, Comments. I guess I LOVE animal stories, they are my Favorite kind.

      Movie Master, the Babies are Brilliant and look both ways before crossing the street...Thank You for Enjoying this Tale.

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Hi Cheryl, thanks for Loving this one, and for all the other appreciated Comments.

      Maggie May, Thank You for finding "Timmy/Tammy" Cute and Touching I do appreciate your Thoughts!

      Hey A. A. So Glad you liked the tale. I don't believe that Tammy is a "Snapping Turtle". Here in Jersey we have at least l4 types of Turtles.

      I'll take COOL from you WillStarr...Thank You!

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      Movie Master 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi b Malin, what a lovely story, timmy/tammy is just the cutest, we will need updates on baby timmy/tammy! brill!

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      JinnyMarte 6 years ago

      How charming and hilarious this is! Love the way you play with words and the tale telling is something I believe everyone can relate to. I loved every time we had a turtle as a pet. They are one of my favorite animals in the kingdom. Obviously, your hub is adorable and as always very well written with a touch of your very own humor and personality b.Malin. Thank you!

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      The Frog Prince 6 years ago from Arlington, TX

      b. malin - I have a pond here fully stocked. I also have turtles which I catch and dispose of because they are very destructive in a pond. Matter of fact, I netted a little one the other day I'm releasing in the river today.

      If you want him I'll mail him to you! LMAO

      Great write!

      The Frog

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      breakfastpop 6 years ago

      Love this story. I swear I think I love Timmy, Tammy too! Up awesome and beautiful.

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      WillStarr 6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Cool story! Up and funny.

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      Awesome tale. Is Tammy a snapping turtle?

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      Nadine M AuCoin 6 years ago from the Island of Cape Breton to the Eastern Shores near Halifax, NS

      How cute! How touching, Timmy is a Tammy, how perfect!! Loved reading this, thanks for sharing.

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      Cheryl Kapelner-Champ 6 years ago

      Loved it, perfecto! Cute, sweet, just right!!! & Most belivable to!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thank You Phoebe so glad you came by I'll check you out as well.

      Alocsin, Thank You, that what I was striving for. I must stop by and see you as well!

      What a great Idea, Fiddleman...But even though I didn't do that we still were reunited again and that was so Neat!

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      b. Malin 6 years ago

      Thank you Happyboomers, so glad you came to my Hub site, I'll have to visit You as well. So glad I could make you Smile and Enjoy!

      I know the really BIG ones can be Scary Bella...But not Timmy/Tammy...Thanks for thinking this Hub was a Cute Tale.

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      Fiddleman 6 years ago

      Loved the story. My niece would would always paint on a turtle's shell when one passed through their yard. She did this so if she saw it again she would know it was the same turtle.

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      alocsin 6 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Very cute story. Voting this hub Awesome.

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      Phoebe Pike 6 years ago

      That is just too sweet!

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      Erica Sanchez 6 years ago from California

      OMG how adorable. This is too cute. Wow what a story. WE can have turtles here is CA actually I ran into a huge turtle infront of my grandmothers house It looked like a huge green pancake and it camo'ed in with the green grass I let him be I was afraid of him attacking me but this is another cute tale B.

      Smiles :)


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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Aw, what a cute story. It really brought a smile to my face. Thanks for sharing.