Updated: Sep 14, 2021
Have you ever read The Very Hungry Caterpillar backward?
No? I hadn’t either!
I highly recommend it.
There I was, on a normal morning, ready to dive into the ever-present stack of picture books on our coffee table. H was sifting through to pick out what he wanted to read when he held up the aforementioned title:
“Mom! Can we read The Very Hungry Caterpillar backward?”
“Sure, bud! Tell me more.”
“He starts out as a butterfly instead of a caterpillar!”
“Okay, but what about all the food he ate?”
“He throws it all up!”
“Okay. You got it.”
We proceeded to read the entire book from end to beginning, barf sounds included. Our giggles got louder and louder with each episode, spewing out of us, much like the many meals of that unfortunate butterfly. Finally, the fresh-faced caterpillar appeared and the sun set as we turned to the last page.
“In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.”
Oh yeah. The egg.
In all the laughter, I had managed to forget that the story does not actually begin with the caterpillar itself. We first meet him as a perfect little mass, full of potential. Where the story began and whatever twists along the way, it turns out, didn't matter. Feast or famine, inevitably, the caterpillar-butterfly ended up in the dark, waiting to emerge.
While the dark is necessary, I don't believe it is the most important part here. That’s too easy.
The dark is very good at finding us.
Before hiking our way to the peak or after our descent to the base, shadowed valleys will be there to greet us in between each mountain. You may not have been given a map, but you were born with a compass.
Creep, climb, fumble, or fly, rest assured we will always make our way back into the light.
Thank you for joining me. I am so glad you’re here!