Turtles, being naturally slow about things, took seven years to preparefor their outing.
Finally the turtle family left home looking for a suitableplace. Duringthe second year of their journey they found a place ideal for them at last!For about six months they cleaned the area, unpacked the picnic basket,and completed the arrangements. Then they discovered they had forgottenthe salt.
A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all agreed.
Aftera lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve the saltfrom home. Although he was the fastest of the slow moving turtles, thelittle turtle whined, cried, and wobbled in his shell. He agreed to goon one condition: that no one would eat until he returned. The family consentedand the little turtle left.
Three years passed and the little turtle hadnot returned. Five years... six years...then on the seventh year of hisabsence, the oldest turtle could no longer contain his hunger.
He announcedthat he was going to eat and begun to unwrap a sandwich. At that pointthe little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting, "See!I knew you wouldn't wait. Now I am not going to go get the salt."