|The Peaceable Kingdom, painting by Edward Hicks;|
Credit Wikimedia Commons
We brought his body to the park outside my house and used plastic spoons and chopsticks to dig a little hole for him. It was right beside the beautiful new connection to the Kallang River from Bishan Park. We reckoned he should be buried where he might have longed to be- in the river, with rocks and fishes.
After a short prayer and a song (Loopy said to sing a song but I couldn't think of any so I sang Amazing Grace. I didn't think it was a completely appropriate song though. I kept cracking up in the beginning because it seemed such an absurd song. But I've never presided over a funeral before, so I cut myself some slack.)
We allowed his friend (who I assume is Mr Turtle) to say his final farewell to Mr Turtle The Second before Loopy brought him to see the Turtle Doctor. She said all her terrapins were falling ill. I found it intriguing that she paid more than $20 dollars to provide medical treatment for a terrapin that costs $2, but thats the love for a pet for you.
After that, I went for a short jog with my brother, before going on a longer one after that myself. I was thinking about animals, and heaven, and it was a strange jog. Also my brother was being exceedingly and surprisingly sweet.
Marcus: Jie, I don't think you should go and run in Bishan Park by yourself at night. It is very dangerous. Do you know there were 6 dead bodies found in some reservoir recently?
Me: Really! Which one? Peirce? MacRitche?
Marcus: No, no I don't remember- it was some Paya Lebar reservoir. Better not, better not. You run the other way, its better.
Me: Okay (:
-Halfway through my jog-
Marcus: Eh Jie are you okay anot? Dad says if you got into any trouble it will be my responsibility because I didn't take care of you. Aiya I should have come run with you. You better be okay ah.
Me: Hahaha! I promise.
Dear Lord, I pray that Mr Turtle The Second is happy where-ever he is.