THE BRIDE WHO WAS ONCE A TURTLE

April 10, 2013
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The bride who was once a turtle moved slowly down the hall and into the kitchen. Opening the refrigerator door, she paused and thought, blinking her eyes twice during the three minutes of subsequent silence. She sighed and reached for a lettuce leaf. She brought it to her mouth and consumed it, moving her jaw in lazy rhythm, chewing.

Meanwhile, the groom who was once a squirrel zipped and froze, zipped and froze, corner to corner, room to room, upstairs and down, searching for he knew not what. Into the kitchen he shot and froze, save for the darting of his eyes. Spying a stack of acorns on the table, he leapt and settled down to nibble.

They were married happily for 82 years and raised 16 children.

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