Tweedledum was stretched out in the grass enjoying the Spring sun and the smell of the morning dew. She had just played in the wild catnip she had found and was looking to settle in for a little nap before wondering off to chase some bees, when she was stirred by a noise in the grass.
“I’m going to be a butterfly! I’m going to be a butterfly!” Came a voice out of the grass.
Raising her head, Tweedledum looked to see who was making that noise and disturbing her catnap. Looking through the grass she saw a caterpillar making its way past her.
“Hey you!” She said. “You are disturbing my catnap.” Tweedledum said standing up, arching her back and stretching while letting out a long yawn.
“Oh, I’m sorry there cat. But I am in a great mood, because I am on my way to make a cocoon so I can become a beautiful butterfly.” The caterpillar answered.
“My name is Tweedledum, not cat! What’s your name there caterpillar?” She asked.
“My name is Calvin and I just woke up from my nest and I am on my way to find a shady spot to make a cocoon so I can become a beautiful butterfly.” Calvin answered looking up at the Tweedledum’s big yellow eyes.
“I understand, but what is so great about being a butterfly?” Tweedledum asked trying to sound interested while still yawning and stretching in the sun.
“Well because a butterfly has beautiful bright colors. I could be orange and black, or yellow and black or even a dark blue or purple! I won’t know until I wake up from my cocoon and I am so excited!” Calvin answered.
Tweedledum looked at the black and blue caterpillar and tilted her head still wondering why this little creature was so happy.
“So you are going to be some pretty bright colors but you don’t even know what colors you may be. So what else is so great about being a butterfly?” Tweedledum asked beginning to groom herself trying to be interested in Calvin, but she would rather be napping.
Calvin looked at Tweedledum not sure why this cat couldn’t understand the splendid idea of being a butterfly. So he decided to try to explain it to her as simply as possible.
“Well I am going to make a cocoon, and in a couple of days or months I will wake up and crawl out of the cocoon and be able to fly. Fly above the trees and stretch my wings. Glide on the wind in the summer sun and lie in pretty flowers and float on the breeze. What a better life could there be?” Calvin said with such authority.
“I can think of many things.” Tweedledum answered. “Like lying in the grass and taking a nap. Going to the barn and getting some fresh milk from the cows, going to the creek and watching the frogs, chasing bees and of course chasing butterflies.”
Startled Calvin looked at Tweedledum, his eyes big that the cat would actually admit to doing that.
“You chase butterflies?” Calvin said back to her.
“Oh, I never catch them, they are too quick and I can never jump that high to catch one.” But they are fun to chase.”
“See.” Calvin said back to her, “You can never catch a butterfly. They are smarter then a cat.”
“I don’t know about that. I think cats are pretty smart.” Tweedledum said back to him a bit curt.
“But you can’t catch a butterfly can you?” Calvin replied quickly.
“No. I have never caught a butterfly. But lying in the grass in the summer is better then flying around going nowhere I think.” Tweedledum said.
“I am not going to try to convince you whether it is better to be a butterfly or a cat, all I know is I am happy that I will be able to fly above and visit different places and enjoy the sunshine on my wings. That is a great feeling and something to look forward to.” Calvin stated back to Tweedledum.
“Well since you woke me and you are on a mission, I will walk with you for awhile until I get tired.”
So off through the grass the two of them went so Calvin could find the perfect place to make his cocoon.
“What type of place is good for a cocoon?” Tweedledum asked trying to start conversation.
“It should be a shady spot, not too hot, not too cold and out of the rain, so I have been told. So I have to find just the perfect spot to do this.” Calvin replied. “I need the right tree that has just enough of coverage, with sun and shade.”
“Well that shouldn’t be hard.” Tweedledum answered back.
“You would think, but I have to make sure I pick a spot too that birds or other bugs can’t get to my cocoon, so it must be safe.” Calvin stated.
Looking around at all the different trees on the farm, Tweedledum was trying to be helpful to Calvin in picking the right tree.
“How about the big maple tree in the corner?” Tweedledum asked.
“No, it is dry on one side, looks like it is dying and gets too much sun.” Calvin replied.
“There is the locust tree over near the barn.” Tweedledum pointed to.
“No, it has moss growing on it, that means it is too damp and doesn’t get enough of sun.” Calvin replied.
Both of them continued walking through the field on the farm and Calvin stopped and looked over to a massive oak tree standing by itself. It had a tire swing hanging in it that looked as old as the tree.
“That’s the one! That is the perfect tree for me!” Calvin exclaimed.
Tweedledum looked over and looked at the huge oak tree. That was one of his favorites too. He loved lying under it at night and watching the fire flies and looking up at the stars.
“That looks like a great tree Calvin!” Tweedledum agreed.
Both looked at each other and shook their heads in agreement and headed through the field in the direction of the tree.
Reaching the tree they looked up at the large branches and the leaves cascading down creating a large shadow in the grass. It was cool, but still warm under the tree. It felt safe to Calvin and that is what was important.
“So what are you going to do now?” Tweedledum asked turning and looking down at Calvin in the grass.
“I have to climb the tree and find the perfect group of branches and leaves to make my cocoon. Once I have done that I just have to wait. Mother Nature will take care of the rest and I will wake up and be a beautiful butterfly.” Calvin said with a big smile on his face.
“The sun is getting high in the sky, but it feels nice under this tree. Maybe I will take a nap here for a bit while you start your climb.” Tweedledum said.
“I don’t think you will be able to hear me, so we have to say our goodbyes now. Once I make my cocoon, I will go to sleep. Time will tell me when to wake up and break out of my cocoon. Like I said it may be days or months. It just depends.” Calvin answered.
“Either way, I need to take a nap. All this walking has made me tired. I will always be close by Calvin, so I will keep a look out for you. You will let me know when you become a butterfly won’t you?” Tweedledum asked.
“Oh, you will see me and I will let you know. Just keep an eye on the prettiest, most beautiful butterfly, because that will be me.” Calvin stated with confidence.
“It was nice to meet you Calvin, and I look forward to seeing you again as a butterfly. I will try to be nice to all the ones I meet from now on since I know what they have to do.” Tweedledum said.
Calvin nodded at Tweedledum and they both said pleasant goodbyes, but not forever goodbyes, because they knew they would see each other again sometime soon.
Calvin set off climbing the bark of the oak tree and Tweedledum curled up at the base of the trunk almost like he was standing guard and settled in for his mid-morning nap.
They will see each other again, and Tweedledum was looking forward to it.
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Have A Most Wonderful Day!