Thursday, March 14, 2013

Habemus Erucam!

I'm sure you all heard the big news from yesterday. J's class has a new caterpillar! He excitedly told me the news yesterday after I picked him up. This morning, L and I went to drop him off and we had our first view of the new little bug. Of course, the classroom has strict rules and people aren't allowed to take pictures, so I have nothing to show you. The caterpillar is very small, it must have just hatched in the last day or two.

Naturally, the main stream media has put its spin on this story, assuming a new caterpillar will usher in a new age of freedom and change for the classroom. Finally, the classroom will adopt a more libertarian view and allow the children the freedom to do whatever they want whenever they want. The media clearly knows nothing about caterpillars or classrooms. It's kind of embarrassing, really.

The caterpillar will indeed change. He will go into a secret compartment called a cocoon. He will seem to have died. But after a little while, he will emerge with a new and splendid body. People, even his own friends and intimate companions, may not recognize him if they don't pay close attention. His nature hasn't changed, just his appearance. It will be his glorified state on show for all. J says then the class will release him to the heavens, where all can enjoy his splendor. Or something to that effect.

The talk in the classroom is that they will name him Francis, after some celebrity in recent news.

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