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An Ant Story: A Lesson In Life

Updated on October 2, 2012

The Big Headed Ant

Is It The Climb?

I can almost see it That dream I am dreaming But there's a voice inside my head saying "You'll never reach it"
Every step I'm taking Every move I make feels Lost with no direction My faith is shaking
But I gotta keep trying Gotta keep my head held high
There's always gonna be another mountain I'm always gonna wanna make it move Always gonna be a uphill battle Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there Ain't about what's waiting on the other side It's the climb
The struggles I'm facing The chances I'm taking Sometimes might knock me down But no, I'm not breaking
I may not know it But these are the moments that I'm gonna remember most, yeah Just gotta keep going
And I, I got to be strong Just keep pushing on
'Cause there's always gonna be another mountain I'm always gonna wanna make it move Always gonna be a uphill battle Sometimes I'm gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there Ain't about what's waiting on the other side It's the climb, yeah!
There's always gonna be another mountain I'm always gonna wanna make it move Always gonna be an uphill battle Somebody's gonna have to lose
Ain't about how fast I get there Ain't about what's waiting on the other side It's the climb, yeah!
Keep on moving, keep climbing Keep the faith, baby It's all about, it's all about the climb Keep the faith, keep your faith, whoa

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Bored Observations

I was sitting in the bathroom, when I noticed an ant crawling along the wall in front of me. To be truthful, when I first spotted it, it was actually climbing the wall. My first thought was to grab one of my spray bottles with the cleaner in it and spray it. After all I wasn't looking for any scouts to invite an invasion.

As I turned to get a bottle and turned around again, the ant was gone. Of course I was bewildered. How could he possibly disappear just like that? I begin searching around the floor to see if I could see him. Eventually, I did find him, and he was on the floor. He had fallen, and he struggled to get up.

The Secret Is...The Grippers?

Then, I watched him try again to climb the wall. The wall he was attempting to climb was not your standard plastered wall. It was a wall of tile. So I started to wonder, do ants climb walls? " Yes, of course they do," I answered myself. After all, I had seen them walking across ceilings.

However, I've never seen them walking up tile. Naturally, the writer in me came out. I began to wonder about spiders and ants, and who can climb and who can't. I wondered if one had better grippers on their legs than the other. Perhaps it's not grippers, perhaps it's stickiness.

The Ant And The Spider

Nevertheless, the story began to evolve of an ant that had seen a spider climb a tile wall. Knowing that the spider is a predator for ants, he wasn't going to follow too closely behind him.
However, the ant thought it might be useful to know how to climb across tile, in case he needed to escape a spider. Additionally, he had always admired their web making abilities.

After all, it would be so much easier to carry the heavy weight of food, if they could net it. "How cool would it be," thought the ant, "To be able to swing a over distances while doing my scouting?" Thus, the ant dreamed of emulating the spider.

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Facts, Fables And Fairytales

Now, while it's great to dream, and dream big; you also have to face certain realities. As much as I'd like to say that this story ended well, I had to choose between truth and a delusion; reality and a fairytale.

Although I know that most would prefer me to write in a happy ending; especially if I were writing this as a children's story; I could not. I thought about the fairy tales I grew up with, and while I enjoyed those stories; they did leave me with false expectations.

I also thought about the writer of A Series of Unfortunate Events. I actually love how well he crafted those stories. So I decided to tell you what really happened to the ant. Mind you, all the while that I was pondering all of these things; the ant was still trying to climb the tile wall. I had been watching him all along.


One thing I noticed about this ant, was that he seemed to be having some sort of physical problem. Every time he fell off the wall he sort of stumbled around like he was drunk.

I'm sure you seen this type of ant before. He's one of those types that looks like his front end, or head, is much larger than his back end. Makes me wonder if that threw off his balance or equilibrium.

Then again, it's possible that in passing one of my cats may have partially stepped on him. Whatever the reason for his weaving or stumbling movement, it's very evident that something was not quite right.

This particular fact was then emphasized a few minutes later, when another smaller ant came walking across the floor in front of me. Now, this particular ant did not have a large head. It was pretty evenly put together all the way around.

A Better Balanced Ant

Adding Insult To Injury

So my guy had a double hindrance. He had an over sized head that was kinda too big for his body, and apparently there was something wrong with at least one of his legs.

Yet apparently, he was determined to climb a tile wall just as easily as a spider could. He had walked all along the side of that tile wall, trying at different spots to climb it. No matter how hard he tried; no matter what spot he picked on that tile wall, he could not climb it.

After the first momentous climb he had made when I first spotted him; he never got quite that far again. At that time, he had made it up about 1/3 of the wall before he fell. At that point he was about 5 to 6 tiles up the wall. Subsequent to that, he never made it up one tile. He wasted a lot of time with his repeated attempts to climb the wall; never even making it 1/4 of the way up one tile.

We Interrupt This Story To Bring You Breaking News...

At this point, I stopped paying attention to the ant, because I noticed that the carpet in my bathroom had not been dusted. My son was supposed to have cleaned the bathroom and swept the floor. However he didn't do the floor apparently, and he never dusted or shook out the mat. So what happened to the ant?

As I turned my attention to the mat; I picked it up and shook it to shake the dust out. This poor unfortunate ant got caught up in the dust storm, and was buried under the dust. Right now, he buried somewhere under the pile of dust that I swept up from the bathroom.

Did he survive? Who knows. So what then, is the point of the story? My son thinks the point of the story is, "Don't Get caught up in the dust storm." I actually like that as the point however, I would like to know what you guys think. What is the moral or point of my little tale?

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      Sandra M. Urquhart 5 years ago from Florida

      Hi Pamela-Anne,

      Thanks for reading and commenting. I tried to respond to all of you earlier, but was having phone ish and wifi reception was not good at the courthouse today. (Jury duty)

      At any rate, I think you sort of touched a little on my thoughts in regard to the idea of never giving up. However, in my mind, the "but" did not lead into the issue of keeping on trying to reach his goal. It lead to a different conclusion about the efforts of the big headed ant. Thanks for the comment, though.

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      Sandra M. Urquhart 5 years ago from Florida


      I'm not sure how to answer your question. I used the text, photo and other relevant boxes to form this hub. I originally wanted to put in Miley Cyrus' video, but the pc I was on at the time was not cooperative, and could not play any youtube videos, so I opted for the lyrics instead.

      As I mentioned to Billybuc, I never thought about the ego issue until he brought it up. However, I like the reference you made to the well balanced ant and the issue of control. I've gotta think about this a bit more now, as this was not what I was thinking of when I wrote this. However, in answer again to your question, the story came to me exactly as I wrote it. It happened just like that. Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

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      Sandra M. Urquhart 5 years ago from Florida

      Billybuc, I never considered ego as the issue, however I guess that is one angle that could be considered. Perhaps having an ego problem would lead to the point that I came up with.

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      Pamela-anne 5 years ago from Miller Lake

      The ant a very amazing insect hard worker never giving up but keeps one trying to reach his goal maybe we can learn something from the ant. It looks like you may have a bit of the worker ant in you congrads with all your accomplishments thanks for sharing.

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      LCJames 5 years ago

      Great Hub! How did you get it like that? Great information and links. Love the way it is laid out. I like the story about the big headed ant versus the the little ant. Makes sense to me.The big headed ant is everyones huge egos that gets in the way with life. The well balance ant he does not let the ego go to the head or be in control. He let all of life to equally part to each other.

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Those with swollen egos will never be truly successful.

      Great story!