Mr Holmes said he thinks the family had just visited a local aquarium.Neither of them even realised it was a turtle until people commenting on her Reddit post pointed it out.
Mr Holmes said he doesn't recall having any stuffed animals as a kid. Then she paused and added: "But that's a long time." He said he didn't think she'd be shocked by it because he's always been a sentimental kind of guy. "If a month has 30 days, we have dinner together 28 of them.
"There were five kids in our house so if you had something, it wasn't yours for very long," he said. It's important to me." He said his family - siblings, nieces and nephews - goes to his mother's house every Sunday night for dinner. "But if you don't have family, you have nothing else." For all those reasons, he said, he will continue to take the turtle to and from work. "You hear a lot of people don't have a close relationship with their dads, or their dads aren't really expressive," Ms Holmes said.
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"If we did have something, it probably would have been a football or a baseball glove." He ended up showing his daughter the turtle last week because his gym bag "bit the dust" after 12 years, and he was switching to a new one. They had spoken about the stuffed animal when she was young, but it hadn't come up in many years.
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She sighed, put her hand into her dad's gym bag, and felt something plush.
She pulled out a stuffed animal she'd given him when she was two years old. She'd given it to him 18 years ago to have at work if he missed her.
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