Maximillian Amadeus Banzai (banzai) wrote,
Maximillian Amadeus Banzai

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Sparkling caterpillar stories

By yesterday, my mood was seriously fouled, largely due to technical difficulties. My evening out Wednesday had also left me seriously depleted, as Ann is one of my friends who requires a great deal of energy from me, even when I am enjoying myself. So work was a struggle, and if I had a private office, you can bet the door would have been closed and locked with all the shades drawn and the phone ringer turned off (actually, that would have made my day a lot better).

In the midst, as can often be the case, something sparkled. Michelle came by with her little daughter, Hannah, looking for Don (who'd left fifteen minutes or so prior). When I asked them what they had been doing, Hannah told me shyly, in a voice filled with wonder and joy, how she had found a caterpillar while walking on the Seattle University campus, how it had crawled on her arm and tickled, and how she set it free on a leaf. I couldn't help but smile. I'm smiling now.

Let me tell you a secret, Hannah: I found a few caterpillars there, too.

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