Friday, April 30, 2010

The Dragonfly Story

I have my good days and bad days and I never know what is going to happen day to day. Monday I ended up calling my mom's cell phone just to listen to her voice message and then regretting that just a few weeks ago deleted all the messages that had been left on our house phone, a few of which had been from my mom.

Work has kept me extremely busy and I think that probably has been good in a way but not so good in others. One more week of classes (final exams) and then I am done until August. I still have lots to do this summer, but it will be nice not having a schedule to adhere to.

My sister sent me the following story which I found absolutely beautiful and thought I would share:

The Dragonfly Story:
Down below the surface of a quiet pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were a happy colony, living far away from the sun. For many months they were 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 loose interest in going about. Clinging to the stem of a pond lily it gradually moved out of sight and was seen no more.

“Look!” said one of the bugs to another. “One of our colony is climbing up the lily stalk. Where so you think she is going?” Up, up, up it slowly went …even as they watched, the water bug disappeared from sight. It’s friends waited and waited but it didn’t return.

“That’s funny!” said one water bug. “Wasn’t she happy here?” asked another…”Where do you suppose she went?” wondered a third.

No one had an answer. They were all greatly puzzled. Finally one of the water bugs, a leader in the colony, gathered his friends together. “I have an idea. The next time one of us who climbs up the lily stalk he or she must promise to come back and tell us where he 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 broke through the surface of the water and fallen onto the broad, green 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 body. His movement revealed long 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 the new body. He moved his wings again and suddenly he found himself up above the water. He had become a dragonfly!!

Swooping and dipping in great curves, he flew through the air. He felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere. By and by the new dragonfly lighted 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! There they were scurrying around, just as he had been doing some time before.

The dragonfly remembered his promise:” the next one of us who climbs up the lily stalk will come back and tell where he or she went and why.” 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 its wonderful new world of sun and air…

5 comments:

Cor-Weeeeeee said...

I like that story a lot. It is calming.
Love ya and miss ya.

aliciaparr said...

Beautiful story.

Krista said...

I'm glad you liked the story too, I think maybe we'll read it at the inurment or memorial. It is so peaceful.

Borendame Blabber said...

Amazing. Love you.

Heather said...

This is such a touching, beautiful story.