Day 4: TILLY THE TURTLE
The next day Missy saw Tilly sunning herself in her yard. She went over and
said, "What's wrong, Tilly? You look very sad today."
"I hate being a turtle," Tilly said, sniffling.
"There's nothing special about me. I don't have a beautiful tail like you, or come
from a zoo like Percy, or have a famous swimming act like Flip and Flop. I'm just big and
slow and homely. Nobody ever comes to see me and play with me." Tilly began to cry.
"I like you, Tilly" Missy said slyly. "Forget about
what Flip and Flop and Percy say, I'm your friend."
"What do Flip and Flop and Percy say?" Tilly asked.
"I don't want you to feel bad, but they say you're ugly and
they can't stand you to be in the pool with them," Missy lied.
"Oh no! I knew it!" Tilly moaned and started crying even
"Oh Tilly, I feel sorry for you. It's not fair. You can't help
the way you look. You know, when I feel as bad as you do, I smoke one of these."
Missy showed Tilly a marijuana cigarette. "it always makes me feel better. Want to
Tilly hesitated. "I, uh, don't think so. That's a drug
"Come on," Missy interrupted. "It will make you feel
a lot better. It'll make your sadness go away. I do it all the time."
Tilly had never tried a drug before. She had heard they were bad for
her, but she was curious. "Well, I don't know. What will the others think about
"Why do you care," Missy said. "Flip and Flop and
Percy don't care what we do. I'm your friend.
We can do it together. Let's go hide behind your house."
"Okay," Tilly finally said, and they went to the backyard
where no one would see them. Missy lit the cigarette and passed it to Tilly.
At first she coughed and coughed, but after a while the drug began
to work. "I feel great!" Tilly said. "I'm not sad at all now."
"Great!" Missy said. "Remember, whenever you feel bad
you can get these cigarettes only from me. You'll have to buy them next time, but when you
want more just tell me."
For a while the marijuana cigarette made Tilly feel
like everyone was her friend. She wanted to play and went out to find Flip and Flop and
Percy. She found them in the pool. Percy was water skiing behind Flip and Flop. When they
saw Tilly, they swam over to her.
||"Hey, Tilly, what a nice surprise," greeted
"Yes," added Flop. "Come on into the
water and play with us."
"Do you want to water ski?" Percy asked. "You can use
my skis. Here, I'll help you put them on."
"I've skied with four skis on my flippers before, but not with
only two. I'll try the skis on my front feet and see what happens." But it was no
use. Her behind dragged her down under the water. When she tried the skis on her back
feet, she almost drowned.
After many failures she gave up. Besides, she felt terrible. The
effects of the marijuana were going away, and her old feelings of not liking herself came
back even stronger than before. Using the drug made her feel worse about herself-not
better! "I'm no good at this," Tilly moaned, and crawled from the pool.
"Please don't leave, Tilly. You just got here," Flip said.
"We want to play with you."
"What's the use? I came to play because Missy's marijuana
cigarette made me feel like you were my friends. Now the feeling is gone and I know that
you can't stand me."
"Can't stand you? Who told you that?" asked Flop.
"That's what Missy said. You think I'm ugly. You don't want to
be friends with me because I'm not special like all of you."
"Missy was lying to get you to try her marijuana," Flop
"But you don't have to be special to be our friend," Percy
added. "We like you the way you are. If we like you the way you are, why can't you
like yourself the way you are?"
"Do you really like me the way I am? Wouldn't you like me more
if I was famous or pretty or smart?"
"No way!" everyone said together.
"It's the truth," said Percy. "And besides, you are
as special as any of us. None of us can take our houses with us wherever we go."
Tilly had to think about that for a minute, but in a moment her face
brightened and she said, "You're right. I really am special. I'm the only one in
Tuckertown with a shell."
|"I know," said Flop. "With your shell,
you can be a houseboat. We'll strap a chair to your back and you can give houseboat rides
around the pool."
"Good idea," said Flip, full
of excitement. "Let's find a chair and try it out. I want to ride
That afternoon Tilly gave houseboat rides until she was so tired she
could hardly paddle. But she didn't quit until every boy and girl had a turn. Afterwards
she felt good about herself for the very first time.
Later, when Tilly was getting ready to go to sleep,
Missy came back. "Hey, Tilly, Are you feeling sad again? I've
got some more cigarettes."
"You and your marijuana. After the drug wore off I felt worse
than ever. But thanks to Flip, Flop and Percy I got over it. They are my real friends.
They showed me that I am special just the way I am."
Missy was surprised at Tilly. She was a completely different
turtle-not so easy to fool anymore. Missy didn't know what to say so she went home shaking
her head and muttering to herself, "I have to do something fast! I've lost all my
drug customers since that pigeon-toed penguin came to Tuckertown. It's time to call Scoop
DAY FOUR QUESTIONS
1. Tilly made a decision.
What was it?
2. Tilly knew she shouldn't try Missy's cigarette.
What reason did she find to make it okay?
3. When the marijuana wore off how did Tilly feel?
4. Who is special?
5. Why did Tilly decide to like her self?
DRAW A PICTURE
Tilly wants to remember her visit. Draw a picture of Tilly visiting your
WRITE A STORY
Tell Tilly a story about something special about yourself.