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All week, we’ve been following the narrative of a farmer in Massachusetts who is also an inventor. While most of his inventions have little marketability, he did come up with a design for a gadget that he thought had appeal. But he felt anxiety about investing money and time into a project that clearly had risks. Then, while he was tinkering with his invention in his barn/workspace, he looked out the window and saw a female snapping turtle laying dozens of eggs right in the middle of his driveway.
This was about me and a turtle. For me, I slowly, ponderously came up with an invention. With equal deliberation, I brought a series of progressively-honed prototypes into existence. Even as I worked, I had doubts about the invention’s ability to survive and prosper. For the turtle, there seemed to be a mirroring of what I was doing: She was the female, giving birth to her children. In my case, it was a “brain child” I was birthing. Her process was slow, deliberate and exhausting for her. Mine was, too. The incubation period for her was long, and she seemed to lose interest after she was done with the initial work. I totally identified.
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