If you came over to visit, you would notice that we have a lot of pets. I would totally buy a zoo if my husband would let me. For now, I am content begging him to buy me a farm – – just a little one. And of course, it would have to have a kennel and pond for our goldens. And I have to have chickens, maybe some goats, a dairy cow would be nice. But I digress.
Among our pets, we have a bale of turtles and a tortoise. Jimmy loves our tortoise. My guess is that if Jimmy had to pick his favorite animal, he wouldn’t have to think long before he answered with “Boris!”
It is not unusual for me to remind Jimmy that he needs to leave Boris and his tank alone. Several times a day, I find Jimmy staring into Boris’s habitat, talking to him and telling him all sorts of important stories, most of which I can’t understand. But Boris and Jimmy have a relationship. They are friends, and who am I to keep a boy separated from his tortoise pal? Though I do remove the toys and other paraphernalia that Jimmy sneaks into the tank on an almost daily basis.
A friendship like theirs does have its challenges — mostly for me, though Jimmy would insist that I just don’t understand. Last weekend I wrote down some of the things I actually said during a Jimmy and Boris play date.
“No! Don’t lick Boris! Oh, yuck!”
“No! Don’t write on Boris!” I don’t even know where the pen came from. I don’t think I looked away for a second.
“No! Don’t kiss Boris. Oh gross. Ok, whatever, kiss him, I’ll take a picture.”
“No! Don’t take Boris’s grapes, those are his grapes.”
“No! Don’t eat Boris’s lettuce, you don’t even like lettuce!”
“Put him down. No, you can’t hold him. Be careful!”
‘No! Don’t pour your orange juice on Boris. That’s not nice.”
“No! Don’t poke Boris.”
“No, you can’t give him a hug. We don’t hug tortoises. Oh, that was a nice hug.”
“Here, I think Boris wants to go back in his tank now. Say “Goodbye, Boris.'”
Actually, Boris didn’t seem to want to return to his tank at all. He was fine and seemed to enjoy the crazy antics of the 2 year old that loves him. But I couldn’t take anymore. Jimmy keeps me busy. He is fun and inquisitive and a joy to be around, but that kid can get into mischief as fast as any I’ve ever seen. Wish me and my little Russian tortoise friend luck. We need it.