Big Gift in Small Package



I’ve always heard big things come in small packages, but I never dreamed this small package would get so big. Last year we went on vacation as a family of four (me, Jorjanne, our dog, and our cat) but we came home a family of five. We adopted a pet turtle named Polkala (Pokey for short). He came with a cute little “habitat.”  It didn’t take long for him to steal our hearts.

I love to sing and one day I realized that every time I’d sing, he’d stick his head out of the water to listen. Then Jorjanne and I made up a silly song about his name and we began singing it to him every time we’d feed him. Not too long ago, he started taking the food right out of our hands.

We’ve had Pokey for a year now and my mom asked what I wanted for my birthday. I thought and said, “Hmmm, I think I should get Polkala a new aquarium.” Now, I had a small fish bowl in mind when I went to Pet Smart. Imagine my surprise when the clerk told me that Pokey would get to be the size of a football. She told me that if I continued to keep him in the small container, his shell would grow soft and he would die. We couldn’t let that happen! Not knowing if this was true or if she was just a good salesman, I knew I couldn’t take a risk of letting Pokey die. Now we have a huge aquarium in our living room for him. He’s been in it a week and a half and has already grown. I was shocked!

Once again, I’ve learned that it’s the little things in life that make up the big things. If I had known Pokey would get so big, I probably wouldn’t have bought him --- but I’m glad I did!

This is Pokey when we first bought him and you can see his home with the palm tree.

This is Pokey today.
 This is his new home.

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Tears to Joy: Big Gift in Small Package

Monday, April 16, 2012

Big Gift in Small Package



I’ve always heard big things come in small packages, but I never dreamed this small package would get so big. Last year we went on vacation as a family of four (me, Jorjanne, our dog, and our cat) but we came home a family of five. We adopted a pet turtle named Polkala (Pokey for short). He came with a cute little “habitat.”  It didn’t take long for him to steal our hearts.

I love to sing and one day I realized that every time I’d sing, he’d stick his head out of the water to listen. Then Jorjanne and I made up a silly song about his name and we began singing it to him every time we’d feed him. Not too long ago, he started taking the food right out of our hands.

We’ve had Pokey for a year now and my mom asked what I wanted for my birthday. I thought and said, “Hmmm, I think I should get Polkala a new aquarium.” Now, I had a small fish bowl in mind when I went to Pet Smart. Imagine my surprise when the clerk told me that Pokey would get to be the size of a football. She told me that if I continued to keep him in the small container, his shell would grow soft and he would die. We couldn’t let that happen! Not knowing if this was true or if she was just a good salesman, I knew I couldn’t take a risk of letting Pokey die. Now we have a huge aquarium in our living room for him. He’s been in it a week and a half and has already grown. I was shocked!

Once again, I’ve learned that it’s the little things in life that make up the big things. If I had known Pokey would get so big, I probably wouldn’t have bought him --- but I’m glad I did!

This is Pokey when we first bought him and you can see his home with the palm tree.

This is Pokey today.
 This is his new home.

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1 Comments:

At April 16, 2012 at 10:35 PM , Blogger Amanda said...

My mom has a turtle, and it's in a HUGE tank, over 100 gallons, and it's HUGE now...he was a little bigger than Pokey to begin with, but we had to change his tank out a few times...

 

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