After almost a week of getting used to the shark costume, Herman found that he could get out of it pretty quickly and move on to more important things, like finding clover.
The balcony garden had a number of advantages, the most important being that it allowed Herman to dig in and nap in the sun. However, recently the pansies had been getting unruly and Herman found himself getting tangled in their stems as he looked around for the perfect spot to burrow and bask. Yet another reason not to like pansies, he thought.
With his feet on the pond ramp and his head resting on a river rock, the guardian could not imagine a more awkward way to take a nap. However, he stayed that way for several hours and didn’t budge when she inadvertently woke him up, so she decided not to question it.
To the guardian’s dismay, it did not take long for Herman to figure out how to wiggle out of the shark costume, creating a decoy that gave her a false sense of security. Fortunately, Herman found a nice clover patch close by and didn’t get a chance to wander off before she realized her error.
Being measured was not one of Herman’s favourite things to do, although it wasn’t one of his least favourite either. But it usually required some quick action on the part of the guardian. However, despite having a bath and being allowed to wander around the kitchen, Herman was not quite awake when the guardian went to measure him. So, when she gently pushed his head into the wall, he left it there. It was quite possibly one of the cutest things she had seen him do.
After being on the receiving end of many unhappy tortoise glares due to rising at a later hour, the guardian was delighted to find Herman trying to sleep in one morning.
It was the sort of behaviour that could result in a tortoise getting banned from the park. Despite the bounty of clover, dandelions and other weeds available to him, Herman found himself testing the guardian’s patience by searching out and trying to eat discarded cigarette butts and old pup poop. However, because the guardian was worried about losing track of him, she kept a close eye on him and was able to stop him before anything actually got consumed. It didn’t stop him from trying to sneak things, though.
Normally, by the time the guardian got home from work and took him to the park, Herman was not in the mood to explore. Instead, his goal was to find a spot to continue the nap that had been so recently interrupted. But today the grass had just been cut, making it much easier to see where he was going. Since he could now avoid going in circles, Herman decided it would be a good day to go for a walk.
It had been amusing at first, the novelty of browsing and collecting his own snack, but Herman was beginning to wonder if the guardian actually expected him to nourish himself this way. What was a ridiculous idea! Everyone knew you were supposed to wash your veggies before you ate them.