A family of ducks are crossing the road? I’ll stop and wait till they’re back on grass. Rainbow overhead? I’ve been known to inadvertently sit through a green light as I watch the sky. In fact, my kids are totally used to me turning the car around to get a better look at something wonderful.
They were still there, marveling at this giant snapping turtle. We stood in the drizzling rain and talked with them about his claws, his scales, his shell, his size, his funny expressions. Ugly? Yes. Beautiful? Totally.
Other drivers noticed us and pulled to the side of the road. Some stopped briefly and sped off. One glitzy gal who was all dressed up with someplace to go pulled over, got out and was overjoyed to see a snapping turtle up close. A kindred spirit! A nature gawker!
If you wind up driving behind me someday, I apologize if my rubber-necking interrupts your flow or slows you down. But consider yourself warned: I brake for miracles.
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