Author Holly Trotter Crochet shares a moving childhood encounter with a sea turtle and her eggs during one magical night on Jekyll Island.

The young Holly and her family had spent the summer on the island off the coast of Georgia. One night, they went looking for a sea turtle, which, Holly learned, always goes back to the place of its birth to lay its own eggs.

They walked miles and miles on the sandy dunes, then Holly had her wish—a sea turtle had begun to dig a nest by the dunes to lay her eggs. The party gathered around the “crying” animal and counted over a hundred pingpong-like eggs drop onto the newly prepared nest.

The scene filled the little girl with wonder, and she has cherished the memory since...