Eastern box turtle has been making its way about the Carolina heartland since before the dawn of man.
This narrow stretch of asphalt first appeared on the landscape less than a century ago.
I've been traveling a new delivery route into eastern Chatham county for only a few weeks now, but each trip so far has included an encounter with eastern box turtle.
Along about eleven, as I wend my way along the narrow and curvy yellow and white-striped ribbons of carefully engineered and constructed right-of-way, eastern box turtle travels steadfastly along the ancient routes of its tribe.
As we travel our disparate paths in pursuit of sustenance, chance brings us together for one brief moment.
A momentary pause on both our parts.
An assist across the sun-baked hardpan, and our journeys resume.
A tragedy averted perhaps, a lesson remembered for sure.
Why did the turtle cross the road? Because I put it there...