Well, I've started a new story!!! Only gotten half of it written but that's a lot for me so I'm excited. It's based on a true story, actually, about a tortoise that we had just a few months ago. Unfortunately in real life he disappeared, my little ones think he's living happily in the forest but we don't really know where he went. It makes for a good story so I'm taking advantage.
It all started with him seeming totally restless in his glass tank and bumping his head into the wall trying to get out over and over again. It wasn't fun to watch let me tell you. And we all felt really sorry for him so miserable and all. He was what you call a Russian tortoise, and these are known for being incredible escape artists. Believe me this one was! Well, one day we decided to put him out in the yard to run free, if you will, and chomp on some dandolines (their favorite food). Of course we watched him vigilantly and never had a problem with it. Then we had a brainstorm. We put him in our vegetable garden which was enclosed! This of course was before we read on the internet that they can escape from unbelievable places. Well at first he would build up dirt and pebbles and sit on top of them always climbing and climbing on things. All was well so we let him hang out there most of the summer and checked on him a couple of times of day. One day he was gone!!! The walls on the garden are 12inches high and are made of chicken wire! Do you know that that little guy, Samson (named after his strength) got out. My teenage son found him the next day while jogging on the side of the road about a 1/4 mile away! We knew it was him because of his specific markings. We were all happy to have him back, eventhough the kids kind of forgot about him after a while. I mean come on he's a tortoise. He wasn't too entertaining after a while but it was a good alternative to getting a dog, which I would have loved but was not up to. To make a long story short we changed the walls of the garden so he couldn't climb them anymore and made them out of tarp and a little taller. He got out again!!!! and we haven't seen him since. It's sad I know but what's one to do. Anyway here's what I'm working on and I've done a rough sketch of him cruising the grass and dandolines. Let me know your thoughts on the illo and the text if you have time. Sorry about my rambling!!! Here's the beginning of the text:
Bored in his tank with no one in sight,
Samson wants out,
he wants freedom that's right.
He pushes his pebbles and makes a big heap.
All with his hiney and his big feet.
On top of this mound Samson feels tall.
He climbs to get out but then he just falls.
He wants to be free to run through the dew,
to eat some sweet dandolines oh just a few.
They loved him so much when he was brandnew,
so cute and so funny he'd walk and he'd chew.
It's really all Samson could do it was true!
Oh how they tired of him as he grew.
Samson was sad all alone for a while,
until one fine day a boy showed him a smile.
Are you here for me?
Can it really be?
Oh please pick me up I want to see,
the world all around me,
the flowers the trees,
I'll stay by your side I promise oh please!
He flew through the air held tight by his shell.
Landed quite gently he thought " this is swell,
the sunshine, the grass, soft under my feet,
adventures might follow who else might I meet?"
Crash it came down with a great giant thump,
next to his nose almost gave him a bump!
Quickly he hid deep into his shell.
He was in trouble this he could tell.
"Apples they're falling one by one from the tree
Bumppety bump they are falling on me!"
"Psst! Psst! Silly Samson this is dangerous ground"
said a dove and a bunny, "just look around!"
"Follow us to the forest you'll be safe far away,
the children won't notice what will they say?"
"Oh! Samson where are you? Where could you be?"
"Oh no we don't think so they're too silly to see,
that you are no fool you just want to be free.
They shouldn't have left you alone by that tree!"
As fast as he could he followed the pair,
bunny hopping ahead the dove low in the air.