Dinner time came and the girls were told that the family was going to be having dinner on the beach next to a huge bonfire. Grandma wrapped the Easter ham up in loads of tin foil and put a meat thermometer through its meaty center. As Kris stacked the wood in the fire pit, Grandma put the ham within the coals of the pit, so the ham could cook thoroughly. The girls were asked to watch the temperature of the ham so it didn’t over cook. The ham needed to get to 160 degrees.
For a while, the girls built sand castles on the beach with Xia and Kyree.
“Purity, Bea, Xia, Kyree – can you come in here a minute…” Mari called. The girls looked at each other wondering what was wrong. They got up slowly and walked into the living room area of the bungalow. On the fireplace was their Easter baskets. The girls were so excited about their island paradise trip, they had forgotten about getting baskets.
The baskets were colorfully wrapped up in Easter egg plastic with orange lily silk flowers and pink ribbon.
As the girls looked closely, they noticed each had a wooden animal attached to the ribbon.
“What are these wooden animals for?” asked Bea.
“They are animal totems,” said Prudy. “I bought each of you one to remind you of the special gifts you have. Purity is like a dolphin: she is fun loving and protective of those she loves. And Bea, yours is the turtle. You must go at your own pace, but you are determined. Your heart doesn’t stop beating easily for someone if you love them. You have a turtle’s heart.”
Bea and Purity wondered what that meant.
The girls looked at the unique gifts for a moment. Then Bea pulled out the Ipad her sister was letting her use and looked up turtle totem animals. Purity looked over Bea’s shoulder as she read:
The turtle totem wisdom teaches us about walking our path in peace and sticking to it with determination and serenity. Slow moving on earth, yet also incredibly fast and agile in water, those who have the turtle as totem may be encouraged to take a break in their busy lives and look around or within themselves for more grounded, long-lasting solutions. Traditionally, the turtle is symbolic of the way of peace, whether it’s inviting us to cultivate peace of mind or a peaceful relationship with our environment.