Lilly and I were talking on the phone last night, and I told her that her dad, (Bruce), bought Turtles for me for Valentines Day….
“Your dad got me a box of Turtles. You know how much I love those.”
She didn’t say anything for a few seconds so I asked, “Do you remember what they are?”
“Yes. Turtles can be beautiful. Especially the green ones. But they can bite. I remember seeing them before.”
“I’m talking about the chocolate ones.”
“Yeah, I know. I watched a show about turtles. Some get really big, but some have pretty colors.”
‘Lilly, I’m not talking about animal turtles, I’m talking about chocolate candy turtles.”
I cracked up laughing at our crazy conversation, and she joined in because she knew why I laughed.
Lilly’s mind went one direction when turtles were mentioned, probably because she is so fascinated with animals. Always has been. She knows she has issues, and that animals are a weak point for her in both good and bad ways. When she visits here I keep a close eye on her with our cats, and she’s fine with that and doesn’t get angry at me.
Nowadays she cares for an outdoor feral cat at her facility and gives it food and water regularly. I am proud of her. That has been a good stepping stone in her journey to healing.