The family spied a big soft-shelled turtle in the water of the bath tub through a hole in the wall.
The mother of Song Shizong, a native of Qinghe in the State of Wei, was bathing in her bathroom in the summer. She told her children in the family to close the door. The family spied a big soft-shelled turtle in the water of the bath tub through a hole in the wall.
So they opened the door and the family went in, but the big soft-shelled turtle didn’t bother them at all. The silver hairpin that the old lady had worn earlier was still on the soft-shelled turtle’s head.
The family cried and wept over the soft-shelled turtle, but there was nothing they could do. The soft-shelled turtle climbed out of the door and ran so fast that they couldn’t catch up with it and watched it jump into the water.
After a few days, the turtle suddenly came back and paraded around the residence, as it usually did, and left without saying a word.
People at that time told Song Shizong that he should hold a funeral service for his mother, but Song Shizong did not hold a funeral service because he thought that his mother was still alive in the world even though her appearance had changed.