Today’s Simple Nature Sketch, NFS, August 15, 2016.
August 15, 2016
Today’s Simple Nature Sketch
I have a little milkweed plant beside my walkway. I love watching its metamorphosis from tiny buds, clustered blooms and then to seed pods. The enjoyable part is watching the seed pods open up revealing seeds with fluffy hair tufts. Then the fun begins as they release and begin to parachute into the air. Wispy whirls of white, float aimlessly on gentle breezes drifting far and wide.
For some reason the whole event reminds me of the book “Charlotte’s Web” when Charlotte’s baby spiders hatched early one spring morning. They set off like balloons in the air, leaving poor Wilbur devastated. After crying himself to sleep, he awoke that afternoon to make a wonderful discovery! Three of Charlotte’s aeronauts were staying to keep Wilbur company. He was in a complete state of bliss!
Here is one of my favorite parts in this beloved book.
“The baby spiders felt the warm updraft. One spider climbed to the top of the fence. Then it did something that came as a great surprise to Wilbur. The spider stood on its head, pointed its spinnerets in the air, and let loose a cloud of fine silk. The silk formed a balloon. As Wilbur watched, the spider let go of the fence and rose into the air…
The air was now so full of balloonists that the barn cellar looked almost as though a mist had gathered. Balloons by the dozen were rising, circling, and drifting away through the door, sailing off on the gentle wind. Cries of “Good-bye, good-bye, good-bye!” came weakly to Wilbur’s ears. He couldn’t bear to watch any more. In sorrow he sank to the ground and closed his eyes. This seemed like the end of the world, to be deserted by Charlotte’s children. Wilbur cried himself to sleep…
He was standing there, thinking of her, when he heard a small voice. “Salutations!” it said. “I’m up here.” “So am I,” said another tiny voice. “So am I,” said a third voice. “Three of us are staying. We like this place, and we like you.” Wilbur looked up. At the top of the door.”
“Charlotte’s Web” by E.B. White is near and dear to my heart. For many years I read this book with great animation to my grade two students and my two sons. I never tired of it and am still in love with it!
How about you? Do you love this book? Love to hear your memories of it.
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