My uncle and I have a good relationship. He, unfortunately, lives in Colorado while I live in another state also in the U.S. Due to the distance, I don’t get to visit him very often, so when I get the chance I always try and take it.
Recently however, my uncle has become obsessed with turtles. He sleeps with them, talks with them, and even walks them on a leash with him. He has gone so far as to create and operate a turtle farm comprised of hundreds of turtles.
I am deathly afraid of turtles though. I’m sure it has to do with a bad experience during my childhood in which a turtle tried to chase me after I caught it while fishing.
My uncle has asked me to come to Colorado and visit him sometime in the next few weeks, but I’m certain he will try and take me to his turtle farm.
Although it may seem like the solution is to just ask him to not bring me to the farm, I don’t want to intrude on the time he spends with the turtles while I am there, so I am willing to go to the farm; however, I’m not willing to see any turtles there of any kind.
I have also not yet told him about my fear - so he is unaware that I am scared of them.
How should I tell my uncle I don’t want to see his turtles at his turtle farm?