World Turtle Day 2012

Last week was World Turtle Day, did you know?

It's World Turtle Day!
It’s World Turtle Day!

Don’t worry, I didn’t either until my dear friend Ruth alerted me to it. It’s an initiative of The Wilderness Society as a way of raising community and government awareness of the importance of protecting our oceans so that these beautiful creatures can have a great habitat to live in. It was so easy to participate. We simply had to build a turtle sculpture out of sand, photograph it and send it in, so that the collected photos could be presented to the appropriate government body.

The great thing was, we had a lot of fun in the process AND we get to be part of sending a very important message to policy makers!

First cab off the rank to construct a turtle (while waiting for friends) was Molly. Her passion to help the turtles was beautiful to see.
First cab off the rank to construct a turtle (while waiting for friends) was Molly. Her passion to help the turtles was beautiful to see.
It was a serious process requiring intense concentration, borne from her desire to really really help the turtles. Note the “Save the Whales” t-shirt. My little greenie.
It was a serious process requiring intense concentration, borne from her desire to really really help the turtles. Note the “Save the Whales” t-shirt. My little greenie.
Friends soon arrived to get in on the action and help the cause!
Friends soon arrived to get in on the action and help the cause!
And then more friends, all hard at work creating sand turtle sculptures
And then more friends, all hard at work creating sand turtle sculptures
And then more friends came....
And then more friends came….
The big boys decided more fun was to be had further up the beach.
The big boys decided more fun was to be had further up the beach.
Some of the kids made a “turtle family”, even though they knew that turtles don’t really stay in family groups like this. They just found the idea of building it too hard to resist! :)
Some of the kids made a “turtle family”, even though they knew that turtles don’t really stay in family groups like this. They just found the idea of building it too hard to resist! 🙂
It was amazing how long the children stayed focussed on the task of creating sculptures and getting photos taken to send in to The Wilderness Society
It was amazing how long the children stayed focussed on the task of creating sculptures and getting photos taken to send in to The Wilderness Society
These girls were remembering the day, about 5 years ago, when they were playing on this same fence, when the Pasha Bulker coal tanker had run aground at this beach during a violent storm. We had come down to the beach to look, and amongst the crowd was a film crew from an ABC children’s TV show called “Behind The News”. They were surprised to see children at the beach because it was “during school hours” and when they found out that our kids are all home educated, they decided to interview them. The final shot of the news story was of these 3 girls playing on this very fence.
These girls were remembering the day, about 5 years ago, when they were playing on this same fence, when the Pasha Bulker coal tanker had run aground at this beach during a violent storm. We had come down to the beach to look, and amongst the crowd was a film crew from an ABC children’s TV show called “Behind The News”. They were surprised to see children at the beach because it was “during school hours” and when they found out that our kids are all home educated, they decided to interview them. The final shot of the news story was of these 3 girls playing on this very fence.

I just love our interesting, varied, family-based learning lifestyle! And I love that we don’t spend all day every day staring at each other across the kitchen table. There are so many wonderful experiences out in the “big wide world”, and so much living to be done. And we get to share it with wonderful family friends. What a beautiful way to live!

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Karen Lee

FAMILY: Married since 1989 (does that make me old?), a full-time Mum since 1993, and unschooling my kids since 2005. On a journey of learning to live free and fully loved as God intended, following Jesus rather than an institution or "religion". Caring for the world and its people as best as I can.