The Yellow Turtle

There is a toy at my mums house that is having a bit of an identity crisis. It’s a yellow Turtle shape sorter. I think it may even have been in the navy for a while as it sports a rather fetching blue hat not too dissimilar to those that navy officers sport.

We find it frequently with its shell off and going for random walks around my mums living room, or simply lounging around on the sofa watching TV. We don’t find it too unusual to see the turtle without his shell. After all, shells are quite heavy, right?

What was unusual though, is what happened one day last week.

Little Z playing as he normally does came running to ask for a piece of bread. After persuading him to eat a chicken sandwich I relented and gave him some bread and he ran off happily.

Shortly afterwards I went to see if Little Z had eaten his bread and was ready for lunch. And that’s when I made the discovery. The Turtle behaving a bit oddly. As if it were a duck. Same expression….Same smile…but acting like a duck.

Little Z was sat on a chair obliging this identity crisis and throwing bits of bread to the Turtle. And the Turtle enjoying this new life and experience of being fed, like a duck at a park.

The two were having such a good time I stopped short of telling Little Z off for throwing bits of bread all over the carpet and instead tried to make the revelation that his friend was not who he was claiming to be…

“Little Z – that’s not a duck! Its a Turtle!”

Little Z, in full support of his little friend, simply retorted:

“It’s a duck! Duck go Meck Meck Meck”

“Ummm…you mean Quack Quack?”

“No…Meck! Meck! Meck!”

Yello Turtle


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  1. Sarah MumofThree World February 25, 2013 / 8:20 am

    Brilliant post, made me smile. I can see his point, he does look rather like a duck!

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:42 am

      He does, to be fair, but it was just so funny to see him feeding it bread!

  2. Rhian @melbs February 25, 2013 / 8:57 am

    It looks quite ducky to me. I especially like the hat at a jaunty angle. Does it sing ‘in the navy’ too. 😉

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:41 am

      Hehe not that I’ve noticed yet, I’ll have to ask Little Z!

  3. older mum in a muddle February 25, 2013 / 8:57 am

    Ha brilliant – that was so sweet. Don’t blame him for thinking it was a duck – how many yellow turtles do you know?

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:42 am

      That is a good point…maybe a sick / too much partying turtle?

  4. theminimesandme February 25, 2013 / 10:40 am

    I would say a duck at first glance despite the lack of beak. Perhaps a cross breed lol x

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:43 am

      Hehe – ooh I hadn’t thought of that!

  5. TheBoyandMe February 25, 2013 / 11:56 am

    Now to be perfectly fair to little Z, it looks like a duck but without the bill. I think he’s got a fab imagination to visualise that and to relate real-life experience.

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:43 am

      Its amazing isn’t it? I like this imagination phase!

  6. Sandra tyler February 25, 2013 / 12:21 pm

    Super cute post. Well done: love the duck. I mean, turtle.

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:44 am

      We are calling him duck …for now 😉

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:45 am

      Hehe he does. We haven’t caught him doing any more duck feeds so we think he might have gone back to being a turtle.

  7. Butwhymummywhy February 25, 2013 / 1:50 pm

    So cute! I love how their imagination develops at this age – great to watch (and funny too!) xx

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:46 am

      I know! It’s so lovely to watch isn’t it?

  8. shahnaz February 25, 2013 / 2:00 pm

    That’s a cute turtle x

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:46 am

      Turtle / Duck you mean? 😉

  9. sarah February 25, 2013 / 6:40 pm

    is say turtle 🙂

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:46 am

      Ahh Little Z would disagree with you!

  10. Helen February 25, 2013 / 10:05 pm

    Are you sure it’s not a whale?? 😉

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:47 am

      Hahaa! Oh, now you mention it….

  11. Charlotte February 25, 2013 / 10:56 pm

    Maybe ‘Meck, Meck, Meck,’ is turtle for ‘Quack.’ Think I’m as crazy as Z. :0) x

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:47 am

      That is true – the Meck Meck bit (not the crazy bit ;))

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:48 am

      It’s lovely watching them isn’t it? He’s not done it since though!

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:49 am

      Hehe – Ooh I dunnooo…..he does have a shell…is there such a thing as a duck turtle?

  12. Actually Mummy... February 26, 2013 / 12:24 pm

    Yep, definitely a duck. Surely everyone knows turtles don’t eat bread! 😉

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:49 am

      Hmmmm….they don’t do they? Maybe he’s just a very good con turtle artist?

  13. Aly February 26, 2013 / 12:30 pm

    Kids just say what they see don’t they? Bless them!

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:50 am

      They do, it was so funny to watch!

  14. Louise February 26, 2013 / 8:43 pm

    What noise does a turtle make?

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:50 am

      I think it could be Meck Meck…the turtle slipped up I think 😉

    • Notmyyearoff February 28, 2013 / 8:50 am

      He is, we do wonder if he’s a distant relative or something.

  15. Becca February 27, 2013 / 3:35 pm

    At least identity crisis is not for your Little Z.. kidding 😀

  16. The Loving Parent February 28, 2013 / 2:41 pm

    Love it! Always so lovely to be reminded how kids use their imaginations to get a completely new perspective on things! x

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