Timmy and Tamara continued to care for their eggs carefully. Tamara protected the eggs and Timmy looked after Tamara, fetching anything she wanted at any hour of the day.
They carefully monitored their precious eggs, looking closely at them every day to see if there were any signs of change. They longed for the day when their children would hatch and were becoming quite impatient.
One sunny day the moment arrived – a quiet cracking grew louder as the pink egg began to hatch.
Timmy and Tamara were joined by their first child, a daughter they named Tasha.
It wasn’t long before the green egg began to crack and they were joined by their second child, a son they named Tarquin.
They all watched the blue egg, waiting for the cracking to begin. But nothing happened. They watched and waited for a whole day and night before the egg started to move very slightly. They held their breath as the final egg cracked open and Tiny Tom emerged.
They were all surprised by how small he was, but they loved him greatly.
Before long Timmy and Tamara began to show their children around their special garden. Tamara took great delight in teaching them how to play hide and seek. Tasha had clearly inherited her Mother’s gift for hiding, and was often the last to be found.
And in the evenings, after their children were safely tucked up in bed, Timmy and Tamara would delight in watching their precious offspring sleep and look forward to all the adventures ahead of them.
Timmy and Tamara enjoyed married life. They spent more time together than ever, and continued to enjoy walks and games in the garden.
One day, however, Timmy started to get a little worried. Tamara had been quite distant with him, and when he went to suggest they take a walk in the garden he couldn’t find her.
He frantically searched high and low and was starting to panic when he suddenly heard Tamara calling to him.
“Timmy, come here! I’ve got something to show you.”
He couldn’t see where she was, although she sounded as though she was close by. Eventually, by following the sound of Tamara’s giggles, he found her – and he couldn’t believe his eyes!
There in front of him were three brightly coloured eggs. Tamara had disappeared that day because she was searching for a good place to lay her eggs. Timmy was speechless – he was to become a father!
Timmy often feels a bit gloomy. He’s not really miserable or grumpy, but he’s never exactly cheerful. This morning he was feeling particularly gloomy.
He went for a walk to see if a visit to his favourite plant would cheer him up.
He wasn’t really looking where he was going, so it took him a while to realise that he wasn’t alone…
The turtle with the pretty blue shell was interested in this rather gloomy looking guy. She asked who he was and why he didn’t look very happy. Timmy replied that he often felt lonely. He had no one to talk to and the days could seem rather long.
The turtle with the pretty blue shell replied that she had a simple solution for his problem – they should become friends. She told him that her name was Tamara, she loved to play games and that she was nearly always cheerful.
Timmy was a little unsure about this idea of becoming friends – he’d never had a friend before and had no idea how to play games.
But Tamara wasn’t put off. She showed him how to play hide and seek.
Timmy was surprised to find that he quite enjoyed games. As he thanked Tamara, he asked if she’d like to share some leaves with him.
As they chatted over lunch they found that they had more in common than they first thought. Timmy enjoyed having someone to talk to. And Tamara loved cheering Timmy up. She found that she could even make him smile!
After a while they decided it was time to go – but this time Timmy did not walk off alone, he had a good friend by his side.
P.S. In case you missed it yesterday, this lovely pattern was found at Little Muggles. Go and make some lovely turtles of your own!