Our youngest daughter called last night - late last night. And woke me up. "Mom, I just had the strangest thing happen. You know how I never talk about my family to anyone. Well tonight I was talking to some friends and I told them about Dad's tortoises. And they were amazed." "So?" "No, you don't understand. They were impressed and had all these questions about them and found it hard to believe that we have four Galapagos tortoises in our backyard." "Honey, in case you haven't figured that out yet, not everyone grows up in a pseudo zoo environment. " "But they thought it was kind of neat."
"That's great, I guess." "Yeah, but I still think it is weird." "That they thought is was neat?" "No, that Dad has never grown up and still collects tortoises." "Just accept that and move along. It could be worse. He could collect snakes. But then I wouldn't be around for that one. Even I have my limits."