Under the Tree
If you have been reading Turtle Digest for more than a
year you may remember this opening paragraph, and how we found a path
that abruptly ended without going anywhere. Well now we have discovered
a new mystery that Brandy and I would like to share.
Brandy loves to explore new paths so every little path that branches off
the main trail, she tries to take, and if the new path appears to keeps
us going toward home I let her take it. Several weeks ago we were walking
close to some townhomes just after sunrise when we came to a concrete
drainage strip, a little over a foot wide. Brandy assumed that it was
her own private little sidewalk and started to take it.
I was reluctant to take it because it went through a narrow place in a
six-foot cedar fence, which then went around the townhomes. But once through
the fence we found ourselves in a pleasant narrow grassy strip about 10
feet wide and very cut off from the rest of the world. So we proceeded
down the strip with Brandy following her little sidewalk. We had gone
about 30 yards when we came to a young tree that was about 15 inches in
diameter. There up against the tree was a pair of athletic shoes and just
on top of the shoes that was a pair of sweat pants and on top of that,
there was what looked like a heavy sweatshirt with a hood. None of these
clothes were folded but lying as if someone was in them and had vaporized
and the clothes fell straight down to the ground.
My first though was "who would just leave all of these nice clothes
laying under the tree?" But as I looked at it my writers mind kicked
in and visions of the movie Star Wars popped into my head. I could see
the scene where Darth Vader and Obe Canobe were dueling with their light
sabers. Then Obe suddenly turned his light saber off and his clothes fell
to the floor in a heap. These clothes looked just like some person was
standing under the tree and suddenly vanished and their clothes fell to
the ground where they stood.
I know that most you out there reading now have a smile on your face and
are thinking "that Turner and his wild imagination." But you
would be only half-right. Ten years ago I would have been very adamant
that such a thing was totally impossible. But after learning quantum physics
I am not so sure any more. So have pity on a confused writer and give
me a benefit of a doubt. The odds are someone just left some clothes under
a tree, BUT, we don’t know that for sure any more.
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