We don't have to climb up into big hollow trees like the raccoons. Imagine climbing that high, and finding some other critter in your house!
Just remember, your shell is your protection, but keep an eye out anyway. When human children come along, especially if they come close, be ready to slide into the water. Sometimes, they like to throw rocks and things at us. And above all, don't let them catch you to take you home as a pet. Shudder! Even the thought of it makes my shell crawl. Thank the Great Turtle every night that you live free.
And someday, when you have grand-turtles of your own, tell them about your old Grandpa, and your days at the Pond of Eden.