The Envelope, please! (this morning’s entry cont’d)

The Envelope, Please; digital watercolour by aka Lavenderbay

Poochie’s daddy. Georgie’s mummy. Three members of the family-run hardware store. An executive director. The crossing guard. The co-op office manager. The health food store owner. The dollar store owner. My barber. Niall’s mum. My mum. The neighbours three flights up. I knocked on doors, I bought light bulbs and organic chocolate bars, I stopped acquaintances in the street. Because it’s raining today, the dogs aren’t out for more than a moment, so a number of dog parents that I’d been counting on didn’t show up. A few other possible contest judges weren’t around either, for one reason or another.

Nevertheless, everyone I did manage to catch — twenty people in all — were good sports. Some chuckled at the idea, some asked if I wanted a donation, some told me turtle tales of their own. One dogparent remembered a snapping turtle the size of a footstool that lived under the cottage dock when he was a kid. One of the hardware store owners said that his childhood chums would take a small painted turtle from the Riverdale pond, care for it for a year, and return it the next summer. Someone said that in Indonesia, people pat a carved wooden turtle to leave their worries outside with it before entering a home.

Many people had automatic favourites when they viewed the ballot sheet. “It’s gotta be ‘Tiny Tim’!” “It has to be ‘Seamus’!” Often they said why they chose a name.  “‘Spike’ will give it some protection.” “I think ‘Shelley’ is a sweet name.” “‘Myrtle the turtle’ rings a bell somehow.” “Ha, ‘Sandy’ like a beach!” “I like ‘Micmac’; do you know the aboriginal legend that the world was built on a turtle’s back?”

Seven entries; twenty judges; not a single entry that wasn’t chosen by someone. At first, in fact, with each ballot a different name was chosen, and I wondered if I would end up with three votes for each name. Finally, however, there emerged a winner:

It’s a boy! His name is Seamus.

Please let me know, Livingisdetail, what topic you would like me to write about. I owe you 500 words.

For everyone else, I’m willing to award a second-place prize: give me a word, e.g. “Checkers”, and I’ll compose a limerick for you. I think everyone deserves a prize for participating. Thank you all! It was a lot of fun.

7 Responses to The Envelope, please! (this morning’s entry cont’d)

  1. goodbear says:

    congrats to livingisdetail!
    and long live seamus! well….long may his stuffing remain plump!

  2. eyegillian says:

    Oooh, a limerick… be careful what you ask for! Here’s my word, and right on topic, too: “turtle”. Have fun!

  3. goodbear says:

    i was going to say blogosphere, but that would be mean. since my cat has been getting overshadowed lately, how about spree? (my cat’s name)

  4. livingisdetail says:

    Wow, that’s really cool and I am very honoured. Sweet little seamus the seafaring turtle!

    But my goodness. What topic should I choose? How about I give you a choice of two then hopefully one will jump out at you.

    So either:

    If you were a tree which tree would you be and why?


    An eerie tale for campside and torchlight

    Also thanks for the congrats goodbear! I really liked your name by the way.

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  7. […] Like last time, I will seek out approximately two dozen non-blogging acquaintances to judge the entries. Judges will be asked to pick the entry that is funniest to them. […]

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