Turtle Story: Initiation

A number of years ago, I found a mortally injured Snapping Turtle. Her shell was broken and eggs were spilling out of her back, and she was still alive. I brought her to the roadside pond which had been her destination for laying her eggs. It took me a long time to figure out what to do. I decided to kill the turtle and plant her eggs for her. After she died, I pulled open her cracked shell and reached inside of her body to pull out thirteen perfect pearly eggs. I was midwife into death and midwife into life at the same moment. I dug tunnels in the sandy earth next to the pond and planted her seeds. Eleven weeks later, I drove by the pond to see "our" babies lined up on a log in the water.