Why “Turtle Rock”?




Why “Turtle Rock?”

Millions of years ago, oceans covered what is now north central Oklahoma. There is evidence still – in white rocks found on the gently rolling hills of the farm east of Billings that is our family home. These rocks were once muddy flats that long ago calcified. Our dad, a second generation farmer on this land, called them “Turtle Rocks” because they are shaped like the back of a turtle. As we stand on the hillside marveling at these ancient remnants of life here millions of years ago, we gain a deep sense of our connection to the ages-long history of the creation of Earth and our own part in this process.

Native American teachings about turtle are pertinent here:

Turtle is the oldest symbol for planet Earth. In honoring Earth, we are asked by Turtle to be mindful of the cycle of give and take, to give back to Mother (Earth) as she has given to us.

Too, turtle reminds us of a slower pace, of taking time to pause, to come apart from a multi-tasking, fast-paced consumeristic culture, to become grounded again in the natural world, that is our home.