Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Story of a Dragonfly

Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions. Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again.

They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever.

Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top. When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying.

So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed. Then he remembered his beetle friends and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back to tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended. But, his new body would not go down into the water.

He could not get back to tell his friends the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!

6 comments:

C. M. Designs said...

Good morning Janie, I had no idea about the beetle becoming a dragon fly..
Thank you for sharing this story.. I hope you have dragon flies darting around your water feature.. I have a little rusted (craft type thingy) that says "Dragon flies are angels in the garden"..
Have a wonderful day.. Blessings, Charlotte

Dorothy said...

That'a a neat story and great pictures of the dragonfly! I love trying to get good shots of them!
Happy Wednesday!

Merisi said...

Thank you for this uplifting story and the beautiful images!

racheld said...

My second-favorite outdoor flit-about, after hummingbirds.

What a sweet story, and what lovely pictures, captured to the life---I expect them to turn their wise little heads and take us into their jewelly eyes.

nancygrayce said...

Oh, what a sweet story! We've had lots of dragon flies here this year.

The Flower Lady's Husband said...

Just sitting in my cubicle enjoying your beautiful photography. Thanks for a refreshing tour of the South! And I love the poems!