Monday -the Wakefield Doctrine- “…me and this turtle.”

Welcome to the Wakefield Doctrine (the theory of clarks, scotts and rogers)

"..ok so that's not a turtle, but at glance you might have thought that was me this morning."

“..ok so that’s not a turtle, but at glance you might have thought that was me this morning.”

…so I’m driving along a semi-rural road* this morning and up ahead in the road, I see this turtle. It’s like, totally in the middle of the road, as in the lane marker. Not only is he/she in the middle of the road, apparently, he/she has decided to take a much needed rest.  In the middle of the road.

…the mind (of a clark) is an amazing thing. In the space of time that between seeing the turtle (about 100 feet ahead) and passing it on the left, the following went on in my mind:

  • ‘hey! that’s a turtle up ahead’
  • ‘I didn’t stop the last time I came across this situation’
  • …how many times have I come across this situation, that’s pretty odd, there was that one time in the Vineyard, must have been 5 or so… no you’re weren’t driving, lol’
  • ‘nobody coming, I’m gonna stop… it might make a difference, provided nobody comes along and hits my car or laughs at me’
  • ‘screw that I’m stopping’

I did stop the car (in the lane of travel, cause there was no breakdown lane, this being a semi-rural road. I did run back (I pulled over about 25 feet past my new reptilian friend.) I noticed that the turtle was about 4 inches wide and, maybe. 6 inches long. It immediately went into retreat into shell mode. Picked it up, carried to the side of the road, put it down and ran back to my car.

…I’ll surely have more insightful commentary on this morning’s encounter, but right now I have a pile of ‘non-turtle-related’ work on my desk and so, I need to stop at this point.


* meaning: houses along the road, but all set back from the road, in the woods, like an acre or more of land and genuine, put-there-by-manual-back-breaking-labor-not-because-it-looks-utterly-charming-but-because-they’re-trying-to-grow-food-so-the-seven-children-(who managed to survive childbirth)-could-eat-and-maybe-grow-to-be-more-than-5’2″-tall


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Well, what exactly do you want to know? Whether I am a clark or a scott or roger? If you have to ask, then you need to keep reading the Posts for two reasons: a)to get a clear enough understanding to be able to make the determination of which type I am and 2) to realize that by definition I am all three.* *which is true for you as well, all three...but mostly one


  1. phyllis says:

    Thanks for saving the turtle.

  2. ivywalker says:

    NICE! I remember the last such story and you didn’t stop and you caught hell from at least me for it! Thanks ! NICE! I stopped and took a homeless guy (that was on the corner of the street to my office) to breakfast this morning… my proverbial turtle…

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      …(visual: feeding him lettuce, being careful not to get to close to his teeth).

      I think that these two examples are ways to see the karma* approach to good deeds, as opposed to ‘Right Thing To Do!!!’

      * not that I know anything about karma and that whole system, other than what I believe it to be is do unto others ’cause it’s positive energy (put) ‘out there’ as opposed to a more Western: Good/Evil etc
      signed: Mr Philosophy


  3. You cornered the “Aw” market today for sure (channeling David Lee Roth – guess the song!)
    I too am glad the turtle was saved. I hate it when they do that! Now if that was an alligator turtle.. there’d be no hiding out lol

    • ivywalker says:

      wow… when we had the river running behind our house in another town… we had snappers come up and lay their eggs in our back yard every year. We had our own little arribada every year.

      • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

        very cool word (looked it up)…. lol that what I love about the internet in general and (the) blogosphere, specifically

  4. Kristi says:

    Another example of a small act that made a big difference!

    • clarkscottroger clarkscottroger says:

      yeah… (I try to remember) that at one time or another, we’re all turtles in the middle of the road.