My Sweet Marie

Tale of the Dragon Fly

Posted on: May 23, 2012

 Our nephew David passed away almost nine years ago. When he did we grasped at anything to help us feel closer to him. Today I found this story of the dragon-fly which reminds me of David. It’s not his anniversary today or any special day and that just proves we are always thinking of David. I hope you enjoy this little tale, author unknown.

Sweet Marie

Tale of the Dragonfly

Down below the surface of a pond lived a colony of water bugs. They were a happy colony, living in the mud at the bottom of the pond. Once in a while a water bug would swim to the surface of the pond, climb a pond lily, and move out of sight. He waited and waited but his friends did not return.

 He gathered his other friends together and discussed the situation. The group of water bugs made a pact. They decided the next one of the group who climbs up a pond lily must promise to come back and tell the others where he went, and why.

Not long after, the very water bug who came up with the plan, found himself climbing up the lily stalk. Before he knew what was happening, he was out of the water and lying on a lily pad. Exhausted and weak from the journey, he slept.

When he awoke, he noticed a complete change in his old body. His movement revealed glistening wings and a long tail. He fluttered his wings and found himself flying above the water. He had become a dragonfly. Swooping and diving through the air, he felt exhilarated in the new atmosphere.

He flew around happily above the water, and then noticed his friends the water bugs at the bottom of the pond. He remembered the promise he made: to go back and tell them where he went and why. He darted down, but hit the surface, but hit the surface of the water and realized as a dragonfly, he couldn’t go into the water.

No matter how he tried, he couldn’t keep his promise. And if he could go back, none of the new water bugs would recognize him in his new body. He decided he would just have to wait until they became dragonflies, and then they would understand what happened.

So, he whizzed away happily into his new world, looking for other dragonflies, to be reunited with friends below that left the pond before him.

Author unknown

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