Several hundred residents of and visitors to Amelia Island braved rain and wind and were on hand to bid farewell to Captain, released back to the sea today by the wonder-workers of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center staff after being hospitalized for three years with wounds to upper and lower shell and spine. Dr. Norton of the GSTC asked that all who walk the beach keep an eye out for Captain and make sure he/she made it back to the sea safely. Godspeed, Captain! 10/21/2013
Yesterday, I tried to share a story about this turtle, Charlie. I had stumbled upon his release inadvertently, by having my coffee at the beach and seeing a sign announcing his arrival, at 2 O’CLOCK.
I felt honored to be there. It was a red carpet, ocean, sea and sand event. Charlie was paraded through the crowd of onlookers, who were held back by ropes. Cameras were everywhere. Charlie was elevated to the celebrity status that he deserved. He was going home.
As I tried to put my story together, in my usual style, pictures and captions, my attempts were thwarted. I had technical difficulties. A long cursor line would cover the photo and place the text in the wrong place.
It was frustrating and I kept throwing my posts in the trash. I felt like an old-time write that would tear the paper from the jaws of the typewriter and toss them in a basket, at my feet.
But that’s not what happened. They published and I ditched them; one, two, three times.
Some people even liked them. I have no idea what they were looking at.
I spent some time investigating the possibilities of my problem.
Then I decided to let it go.
This whole computer, technology, software quest that I am on, is much like my life.
It can get lines through it. The words can get all wrong. I can spend time trying to figure it out. I can spend time trying to fix it.
But ultimately the answer always lies in the “letting go”.
I’m glad I was there to see Charlie, delivered to his front door.
He is such a pretty turtle.
And I am once again reminded to live my life on “turtle time”.
After all, he did win the race.
*The information/paragraph/above the photo is, what was posted, by Wild Amelia, an organization, dedicated to the education and preservation of the island’s natural treasures.