Small gestures can have so much meaning especially coming from a tiny creature.
Last week when I was strolling in my garden I saw a beautiful, bright green, large grasshopper, almost three inches long, sitting on our lawn. I closed the screen so she would not fly inside the house. After a while, she was sitting in a bucket that we use to water the small plants in the garden. I thought to myself, she would fly away soon out of the bucket and into the yard.
The next day I went out into the garden to pick up some tomatoes, and lo and behold, the grasshopper was still sitting inside the bucket. Now, she was on the floor of the bucket. I got worried and thought to myself, maybe she was not able to fly out. I gently placed the bucket on its side, on the lawn, thinking she might just crawl out the bucket. I waited for a while to see if she would come away on her own. But she did not come out, so I tapped gently on the bucket, she then moved slowly outside. I was relieved. I set the bucket aside and turned it upside down and not to make another mistake or trap little creatures. I picked up the tomatoes and watched the grasshopper from the kitchen window to see if she had flown away. She was still sitting on the lawn, in the same place.
I thought I should have acted earlier and blamed myself. She looked frail and tired and not had anything to eat and was too weak to fly away. How I only wished I had helped her earlier to fly away, the first time I saw her. I wondered if she was ever going to forgive me. I started thinking what type of food I must provide and was still looking out the window, when suddenly a bird flew straight at her. I ran outside hurriedly and shushed the bird away so he would not hurt the grasshopper. But the damage was done. The bird had pecked at the grasshopper, quiet badly. I could literally see her trembling. I ran inside the house and brought a glass of water and gently sprinkled on the grasshopper. Suddenly, I could see a glow and brightness in the large eyes of the beautiful green grasshopper. She then almost clasped her front two feet or antennae. I said to myself, probably she is saying, ‘thank you, for the cool water’ or ‘I forgive you, no worries’. Her big beautiful eyes closed, closed forever.
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CA NOW; Kids Wish Network; SPCA; Community Assitance for Retarded and Handicapped Inc.; Sierra Club; Fishes and Loaves;