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I'm not hungry.

For the first time in three months, I'm not hungry. It is the best feeling ever.

I'm serious - you know how when you've been out hiking all day in the cold, and you come back indoors, and you think you're really hungry for a good dinner, and then you smell the really awesome stew that's cooking on the stove, and suddenly you're starving? That's the level of hunger I've been dealing with all the time. On Wednesday, when I was home sick - sick, when one should be not hungry at all! - I was lying on the sofa crying because the hunger wouldn't go away.

I am not really ashamed in the least bit for taking the Slimquick - just like I take pills (yes I take a couple of different ones and also slap on antiinflammatory and/or pain-killing patches on my arms from time to time) for the pain, I am taking pills for the hunger, and while the pain pills (unfairly) don't make me euphoric, the absence of hunger is actually making me giddy.

I don't even care if I don't lose much weight - I've shed the water I was retaining (I can see my ankles again!), and I'm not hungry.

But that wasn't what I was going to write about today - the turtle has made progress. His story continues...


The turtle has, in his roundabout way (because frequently, the best way forward is not always the straightest), has made it to where the Wild Animals are gathered. The Wild Animals are not here by choice, they are kept by The Man, who has decided that they are better off in captivity, where people cannot touch them, instead of running wild, where they might hurt someone.

(The turtle is staying out of sight, in case The Man decides that a Small Brown Turtle would make an awesome exhibit.)

The Wild Animals were also on their way to the stable they said, because The Man had heard some rumours that there will be many people at the Inn, and maybe they will pay to see all the Wild Animals he has captured and caged, and they will congratulate him for getting all those unpredictable and dangerous creatures under control. The animals themselves are of the feeling that something magical will happen on a night not long from now, and so they are not sad about the journey.

The turtle is sure that the Wild Animals are not like ordinary animals, because they keep changing, ever so slightly, as they talk to him. Every now and then, the skunk has three ears, or the polar bear turns a delicate shade of lavender not attributable to motion sickness (the cages wobble a bit as they move, and the turtle is feeling a bit green himself).

So he asked.

The Animals agreed that they were not what they seemed; they were really books. Each animal was a book that The Man and other people like him (The-Men-and-Women-In-Charge) did not approve of, and so had caged so that other people would not see it.

The turtle was confused.

"But you are just books", he said. "Books cannot harm anyone, can they?"

"You'd be surprised at what The-Men-and-Women-In-Charge think", said the polar bear, now a delightful shade of rose pink. "Throughout the ages, The-Men-and-Women-In-Charge have decided that certain books cannot be read. Books contain ideas, and ideas encourage ordinary people to think for themselves and not listen to what The-Men-and-Women-In-Charge are telling them. The-Men-and-Women-In-Charge are afraid that if the people read us, they will start to ask Awkward Questions." He sighed. "It's sad, but we have been considered Too Dangerous for a long time".

"Yes", said the skunk, now adorned with three stripes instead of one, giving him a rather rakish air, "and the irony of it is, many of us played with children before we were caged".

"Some of us have managed to stay free", said the armadillo, "but are at risk of being caught all the time."

"Whereas some of us have always been dangerous", said the elephant standing in the back, silent until now, "but our ideas should be talked about, not hidden until someone gets in trouble because they didn't know what was happening".

The turtle looked thoughtful. "so what you're saying is, The-Men-and-Women-In-Charge are so damned stupid that they think keeping books hidden or banned from the general public will somehow stop people thinking for themselves?"

"Yup, that's it in a nutshell", agreed the giraffe.

"And The Man thinks that he can come to the stable, and that he will make money from showing how he has captured you all?"

"Yes", said the raccoon.

"I think", said the turtle, "that the child we are all going to see will have some objections to that idea", and with that, he slipped through the bars of the cages and helped all the Wild Animals get free, with the assistance of the raccoon (because raccoons have opposable thumbs, and can pick locks, as well as get nachos).*

"Will you come with us?" the Wild Animals asked. "We can carry you on our backs".

"No thank you", the turtle said, "I think I have a different path to walk than you. But we will meet again at the stable, I am sure".

And he bade the Wild Animals farewell, and continued on his journey.


Okay, yes, it's a bit obvious. But turtles are slow. I'm not usually one for Jesus quotes, but I like this one: 

"Hearken to the word; understand knowledge; love life, and no one will persecute you, nor will anyone oppress you, other than you yourselves".

And, just to lighten the mood a little, here is another of my creche favourites - the little animal band:

These little guys were once a prize in a cereal box, or a candy box - they were originally part of a much larger circus set, and two of them have lost their instruments, but I find them totally delightful. I think they're celluloid.

*(in-joke - basically, the theory is that some animals get nachos and some don't, because to get nachos, you have to be able to hold them to dip them in the cheese dip. What can I say? We were drinking heavily at the time.)



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Dec. 12th, 2008 05:42 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing the turtle's journey with us. And, as always, being articulate and eloquent enough to put into words all the stuff I am thinking.
Dec. 12th, 2008 06:23 pm (UTC)
Thank you for sharing. I am enjoying the turtle's journey, and I absolutely love that quote.
Dec. 12th, 2008 06:53 pm (UTC)
Your crèche story and turtle tales make me very happy!
Dec. 12th, 2008 07:13 pm (UTC)
I love this! Now I really want to start my own special creche...
Dec. 12th, 2008 08:26 pm (UTC)
Hey, so I heard on the radio that there is a creche display at the National Cathedral. Wanna go sometime?
Dec. 12th, 2008 09:07 pm (UTC)
I'd love to, but it will have to be a weeknight - I don't have a weekend free between now and then (except Sunday this weekend). When is good for you?
Dec. 12th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
The annual creche exhibit is on display through 1/6, so we don't have to rush out tomorrow. Since they "close" at 5:30, we could always go on the 29, 30 or 31st as I'm off work. Or I can leave work a bit early (any day except 12/19) and meet you there. Whatever works for you.
Dec. 12th, 2008 09:42 pm (UTC)
You shouldn't feel guilty for taking those pills period, it's your body, your business what you do with it, and I'm just happy for the info that it's working so well and making you happy. ;)

<3 the turtle and the stories. I've never gotten the idea behind banned books, and we're slower to ban them out here (at least certain ones) so we got to read all kinds of controversial stuff as kids like The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz in school.
Dec. 13th, 2008 12:19 am (UTC)
iam in favor of ANYONE being pain free. and EVERYONE being pain free. so never apologise for needing to take medication for that.

and YAY for being able to see one's ankles also! :D

i adore the creche stories. and i like the thought that the turtle is learning as he goes. :)
Dec. 13th, 2008 01:00 am (UTC)
good story!
and congrats on the not hungry.. if that is your usual state of being it must be a relief to not be hungry...
Dec. 13th, 2008 02:39 am (UTC)
the turtle's story is so wonderful, thank you!
Dec. 13th, 2008 06:38 am (UTC)
I <3 banned books!

Yay for the Turtle!

and congrats on finding an answer to the hunger thing.
Dec. 18th, 2008 03:46 am (UTC)

Due to prescription changes since my last surgery I am having similar issues with an insatiable (they call it increased, HAH) appetite. I am also suffering from insomnia so I have even more opportunity to stuff my face:( So I was very interested in this post and I have a few questions for you if you would be willing to answer. Which type of SlimQuick are you using? Are you still as happy with it now after a few days? Are you still experiencing no side effects? Did you consult anyone about interactions with your prescribed meds?

If this is too intrusive I will understand. Thanks much, either way!
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