84. the tortoise’s shell

when the sunflower grew on the tortoise’s shell, his first reaction was hunger. lettuce was delicious. perhaps sunflowers were, as well.

but no matter how hard he craned his neck, he could not reach the sunflower.

finally, the sunflower asked, “would this help?” and she bent down until her petals were in reach of his teeth.

it was the first time in the tortoise’s life that he turned down a bite to eat.