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The Caterpillar and The Worm, a Children's Short Story

Updated on June 18, 2017
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Bachelor's degree in English. Middle school language arts teacher with over 15 years experience with a specialty in reading.


The Caterpillar and the Worm- a children's short story

There once was a lovely patch of flowers that many a butterfly would visit to lay eggs that would one day the future generations. Mind you these butterflies were gorgeous creatures, full of color and with big wings.

A very pretty butterfly, like their kind is, was in a big hurry and quickly sat upon a single flower that lay in the mist of the patch, laid her eggs and just as quickly left, as butterflies do.

A few days later the newly hatched caterpillars rose and quickly began doing what they do, eating their way to grow in their fast paced quest to become one day as beautiful as their kind is used to being.

One day one of the caterpillars came upon a very unsightly worm that also happened to be living in the same single flower. The caterpillar asked the worm, with no ill intention as young ones often do, why he was so ugly. To this the worm replied “I was made this way but just like you I have a purpose in life and do with what nature has given me. I’m just glad that I am alive and thankful for the things I do.”

The young one was intrigued by the answer and being so young did not fully understand what the worm had said, but nevertheless befriended him and would regularly seek his company and was always respectful of this much older and wiser being. Never once did he ever ask about his ugliness again, he was just glad for his friendship.

Nearby another young caterpillar snickered and laughed at the sight of this ugly worm. In a loud disrespectful way he said “you are so ugly that no one could ever think you have a purpose. Why don’t you leave the rest of us beautiful caterpillars since your ugliness we find offensive.”

No other caterpillar paid attention to the ugly worm, and most found him offensive and kept well away from him, off course with the exception of the one who had originally befriended him.

Some weeks later when all the caterpillars had turned into cocoons before their re-incarnation into beautiful butterflies a swarm of ants invaded their single flower and quickly began to devour the newly made cocoons.

Not one single cocoon survived, with the exception of the one who had earlier befriended the ugly worm. For you see, this particular worm ate ants for a living, that was his purpose, that’s why he had chosen this single flower and his ugliness was a way of mimicking the dark and ugly coloration typical of this particular ant species. Day in and day out he kept watch on his friend and kept the hungry ants away.

Upon his transformation the newly hatched butterfly asked his ugly friend as to the whereabouts of his brothers and sisters. Being told was had happened and why he survived he decided to share his story with every other butterfly he would come upon.

Soon afterwards whenever you saw a group of caterpillars feeding on their favorite flower, you would always see them alongside an ugly worm, but now instead of being offended by his ugliness, they welcomed it.

© 2013 Luis E Gonzalez


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      Luis E Gonzalez 5 years ago from Miami, Florida

      Ghaelach: Thank you

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      Ghaelach 5 years ago

      Hi Luis.

      Such a wonderful story, which I must say is not only for children.

      I found it very interesting with a lesson that all things ugly are not bad.

      LOL Ghaelach