It’s St. Patrick’s Day, 1982. Teenaged Ralph and Sam, along with their parents, are watching the parade on television. Unbeknownst to them, their pet turtle, Myrtle, wanders off .
Eventually, they catch on. “Where’s Myrtle?”, for several months, is a battle cry throughout the neighborhood and school. Ultimately they concede defeat, assuming she’s gone forever.
The boys later marry , have children, and all the usual things that go with the passage of time. Recently they and their families visited their parents for a milestone anniversary. While reaching for some food, Sam tripped over a large object. Surprisingly, it was Myrtle.