Jaqui's Daily Blog

The Caterpillars’ Tale

We should probably explain, right from the start, that we don’t have a choice as to where we are sent. We are packed up, all five of us together in a plastic cup, and endure a difficult, often bumpy, journey in total darkness until we are delivered to our final destination. That moment when the packaging is removed and we see, for the first time, our new Home For A While - why, it’s both terrifying and exciting in equal measures.


In case you are wondering, we have been invited to be Guest Blobbers on the Daily Blog. We think it is quite possibly the first time that a caterpillar has written a blog and definitely the first time five caterpillars have blogged at the same time. It is good to think that we may be making history in a Caterpillar Related kind of way, you understand. We may even go viral. Whatever that means.


The five of us are named Uno, Duo, Troy, Quattro and Chiquita (she renamed herself when she heard that ABBA were reuniting in virtual form - we caterpillars know everything there is to know about transformation.) We look more or less identical to the naked human eye but of course we are able to distinguish one from the other. In the main we get along very well together, being content to do what comes naturally. Caterpillars are not generally warlike though some other species do find themselves in the newspapers and on TV for their anti-social qualities. We five are the peace-loving kind, you will be pleased to hear.


We arrived just over a week ago at our new home and realised immediately that our luck was in. Okay, so we did hear with some trepidation that our new house-mates were known colloquially as the Trio of Rampaging Rascals - but fortunately they have a father who has our best interests at heart. We presume we, too, must have had a father - and a mother for that matter - but, basically, all we remember is being in an egg. When we emerged from our eggs, there was no sign of our parents. We were, to all intents and purposes, orphans from Day One. 


Which is why it is such a joy to be part of the Trio’s family. We were immediately introduced to the Trio’s Nanni and heard that it was she we had to thank for ending up here as she paid for us to be delivered and has given the Trio something called a Butterfly Garden which is apparently something to do with us but we are not quite sure what. We just hope she thinks we were worth the money, especially as when she made our acquaintance we were at our smallest and most insignificant. Since then we have eaten for England - like the Trio’s Nanni, we are Always Thinking About Our Stomachs - and we have grown really large. For caterpillars, that is. There was a time when we might have been in danger from being loved too much but the Trio’s father has found us a safe place on top of the television where we are cosy warm but out of the reach of the Rampaging Rascals. They are allowed to check up on us from time to time but it’s a case of Look But Don’t Touch. 


Indeed, so much have we eaten that we are all feeling very, very sleepy. Sooner or later we will have to take to our sleeping bags for a snooze - we need all our energy for What Happens Next.


No, we don’t know what happens next? Do you? 


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23.04 | 20:15

lovely and heartwarming - an inspiration to us all x

09.03 | 12:07

Love this story told as ever beautifully.x

10.11 | 21:31

What a super account of a special event. I loved meeting you last night and seeing your creation come together. I’m so pleased you got so much from the activity

07.09 | 13:17

I have broad shoulders x

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