Turtle Babysitting - Night 14 (Thursday)
Friday, September 18, 2009
Wow, 14 nights of babysitting the turtle nest. No wonder I'm tired! And I'm not even the mom!!!!
I drove by the card-playing group again, but the card dealer's cat wasn't around. There was a game of basketball going on, with a batch of little kids sitting on the sidewalk watching the game. There was a very large Siamese cat sitting with the kids, also watching the game. I guess this is the Cat Gang (who needs Crips and Bloods when you have the Cats on your side?)!
Still no turtles, but our West Indian teens were back, with their mother and tiny little brother (maybe about 18 months old?) - momma brought a box with individual containers holding slices of lemon cake, one for each of us - what a wonderful mom! Not anyone's birthday, just cake to say thank you! Such a nice gesture.
So we all sat around the nest, watching and waiting, talking, and munching cake. It was a nice night, no rain, lots of stars, a shooting star. I sat and talked with a woman and her daughter (9th grade) who is attending the Montessori high school, which has an international baccelaureate program going - I'd like to learn more about it, it sounds great!
All in all, an interesting night. I left a bit after 9 PM, got home in time to pay the credit card bill online and then watch the new episode of Project Runway (my fave show after "House") - gotta love fashion!
I'll miss the turtles on Friday night (tonight) - it's the first night of Rosh Ha-Shanah, the Jewish New Year, and the beginning of what we call "The Days of Awe" - a ten day period beginning with Rosh Ha-Shanah and ending with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement - for ten days we sort of take stock of our lives, evaluate what kind of life we're living, what kind of person we are, how we could do better, and what changes we need to make - and then make them! Sort of like starting a new streak - so I'll be in synagogue, but a turtle friend will call if they hatch, and I might make it down for the end of the hatching.