The Story of Turtles

A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. the turtles, being naturally slow about things, took seven years to prepare for their outing. Finally the turtle family left home looking for a suitable place. During the second year of their journey they found a place ideal for them at last!

For about six months they cleaned the area, unpacked the picnic basket, and completed the arrangements. Then they discovered they had forgotten the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all agreed.  After a lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve the salt from home. Although he was the fastest of the slow moving turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and wobbled in his shell. He agreed to go on one condition: that no one would eat until he returned. The family consented and the little turtle left.

Three years passed and the little turtle had not returned.. Five years…six years… then on the seventh year of his absence, the oldest turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He announced that he was going to eat and begun to unwrap a sandwich.

At that point the little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting, ‘See! I knew you wouldn’t wait. Now I am not going to go get the salt.’

Moral: Some of us waste our time waiting for people to live up to our expectations. We are so concerned about what others are doing that we don’t do anything ourselves.

Dear Reader, did you ever come across such a situation in your life? Please share with us.

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20 Responses to The Story of Turtles

  1. sk ashif September 18, 2012 at 3:06 PM #

    The story of turtles remind me of many stories!

  2. Zafar Iqbal September 16, 2012 at 6:28 PM #

    Hah! Hah!

    Poor lovely things, Turtles. And how an important moral is being taught to us humans!

    Actually we human make fun of animals in our jokes. In India, the word “donkey” is referred to someone who is very stupid, silly, foolish, etc. So a man who does something silly, stupid, foolish, etc., he is called a donkey. Poor donkey!!!! He is the best beast of burden – after the camel that is!

    A good moral, though; and thanks, anyway, dear Sara!

    • sk ashif September 16, 2012 at 7:15 PM #

      Yes, agreed,
      by the way Zafar, are you Indian?
      Because I am.
      And I know it’s true.

  3. chemist mahmoud September 15, 2012 at 4:27 PM #

    thanks sara for this daily laughter…….. and keep on cuz i am a fan of ur site

    • Sara - Admin September 15, 2012 at 4:57 PM #

      sure will continue ….God willing.

  4. Ian September 15, 2012 at 3:41 AM #

    And how many years after this turtle incident did we come to know abt them ?

    • Sara - Admin September 15, 2012 at 4:57 PM #

      hahaha . Good one Ian.

    • sk ashif September 16, 2012 at 2:51 PM #

      Great piece of intelligent!

  5. Mubarek.Alamin September 13, 2012 at 8:16 PM #

    they should have had Turtle Burger and called Fast Food Picnic day.

    • Sara - Admin September 15, 2012 at 4:58 PM #


      • sk ashif September 16, 2012 at 2:53 PM #

        Sara, please improve your commenting section!

  6. shakil September 13, 2012 at 3:51 PM #

    A bit gross. But if it conveys the msg…….

    • Sara - Admin September 15, 2012 at 4:58 PM #


  7. Aman September 13, 2012 at 12:19 PM #

    Best story I’ve read thus far…The idea behind it is certainly an eye opener. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Mukhtar June 26, 2012 at 3:14 PM #

    It is not the story which important, I suggest the readers concentrate on the moral and lei it help us in our daily life.
    Good living……………..

  9. Shabbir April 23, 2010 at 9:16 AM #

    Is it Possible?

    • sk ashif September 16, 2012 at 2:52 PM #

      No, it’s not

  10. Elemo April 9, 2010 at 4:28 AM #

    the other turtles could have died of hunger if the young one stood there forever 🙂

  11. AHMED April 4, 2010 at 3:54 PM #

    its true….

  12. thikryat March 31, 2010 at 2:05 PM #

    That‘s right.