Ever since moving into our new apartment in Longueuil at the beginning of May, Matthew and I have become quite the active couple. It's been pretty fabulous and definitely helps fight off the daily blues that I always suffer from.
During the week, about 3 days, Matthew will run home from work and I will meet him half way on a trail right next to the seaway. It's a lovely run, full of nature and the water. I'm much better at running outside, it gives my mind something to look at instead of a boring wall in front of me when I try to run on the treadmill.
Normally things are peaceful and it's just me with my headphones smiling at the people passing me by. Except for Monday....I had just started my run to meet Matthew when I noticed a turtle on the side of the trail. At first I thought it looked all cute cuddled in the weeds with some flower petals stuck to it's shell...until I stopped and looked closer...my heart sank...
The city had come through that day, probably only a short while before I came running through, and mowed the grass that was well over 3 feet tall...and in the process ran over this poor sweet turtle. I was crushed! I know it probably wasn't intentional and they probably had no clue it happened, but I was frustrated that something like this could happen to a sweet innocent little animal. And the way it looked up at me as I stood there staring at it in shock...broke my heart.
I knew I had to keep running to meet Matthew, hoping that maybe we could look up some sort of animal rescue on his phone. But my run was filled with tears and heart ache for that turtle. I balled as soon as we met up a mile later...my heart was so heavy for that turtle!
After digging through his phone only to find nothing for wildlife rescue, we spent a little time trying to decide the best thing to do. I couldn't just leave that turtle there in misery...so with Matthew's help we managed to scoop it into a garbage cage and carry it down to the river. It crushed me all over again to see it's shell completely smashed up close and see it snapping at Matthew as we tried to help it.
Whether it survived or not, I don't know...we did what we could. We got it to food and water and away from the busy trail. My heart is still heavy, seeing an animal suffer like that...it crushes me...but I know that we did all that we could and I pray it was enough...
So with that sweet creature in mind...I made a card:
Bird's Cards. I didn't do too many fancy details on this card. Just cut some squares to put behind the image and wrapped it with twine from The Twinery.
Thanks for stopping by! I know this was a crazy long post...just had to speak my heart. <3
I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Artistic Inspirations-Ribbon or Twine
The Corrosive Challenge #176-Animal Antics
Delicious Doodles #40-All Creatures Great and Small
Tuesday Morning Sketches #203
The Twinery-Anything Goes