Dragonflies are creatures that have always intrigued me. I can remember keeping one in an old wine jug in my bedroom one summer when I was about 10 years old. It was so beautiful and I wanted to keep it forever, but I knew that I needed to let it go free...
They have recently become quite popular and there are dragonfly items for sale everywhere. I have quite the collection of yard ornaments, pins, candle holders, kitchen accessories, and flags which I display in my home and garden during the summer months.
Oh yeah... I also have a permanent ink version, which I display on my ankle year round!
The Water Bug Story
Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a little colony of water bugs. They were a happy colony, living far away from the sun. For many months they were very busy, …scurrying over the soft mud on the bottom of the pond.
They did notice that every once in a while one of their colony seemed to lose interest in going about with its friends. Clinging to the stem of a pond lily, it gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more.
"Look!" said one of the water bugs to another, "One of our colony is climbing up the lily stalk. Where do you think he's going?" Up, up, up it slowly went...Even as they watched, the water bug disappeared from sight. His friends waited and waited but he didn't return.
"That's funny!" said one water bug to another…
"Wasn't he happy here?" asked a second…
"Where do you suppose he went?" wondered a third…No one had an answer. They were greatly puzzled.
Finally one of the water bugs gathered his friends together. "I have an idea. The next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk must promise to come back and tell us where he or she went and why."
"We promise," they said solemnly.
One Spring day not long after, the very water bug who had suggested the plan found himself climbing up the lily stalk. Up, up, up he went. Before he knew what was happening, he had broken through the surface of the water and fallen into the broad and free lily pad above.
When he awoke, he looked about with surprise. He couldn't believe what he saw. A startling change had come over his old body. His movement revealed four silver wings and a long tail. Even as he struggled, he felt an impulse to move his wings...The warmth of the sun soon dried the moisture from his new body. He moved his wings again and suddenly found himself flying about in great curves. As he flew through the air he felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere.
By and by the new dragonfly landed happily on a lily pad to rest. Then it was, that he chanced to look below to the bottom of the pond. Why, he was right above his old friends, the water bugs! Above the water, he had become a dragonfly, swooping and dipping. There they were scurrying around just as he had been doing some time before.
Then the dragonfly remembered the promise. Without thinking, the dragonfly darted down. Suddenly he hit the surface of the water and bounced away. Now that he was a dragonfly, he could no longer go into the water…
"I can't return!" he said in dismay. "At least I tried. But I can't keep my promise. Even if I could go back, not one of the water bugs would know me in my new body. I guess I'll just have to wait until they become dragonflies too. Then they'll understand what has happened to me, and where I went."
And the dragonfly winged off happily into his wonderful new world of sun and air...
In Loving Memory of my student, Sara England.... whose smile was infectious, and who brought incredible joy to the lives of others during her short time on earth.
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