10 Tips for Finding Lost Caterpillars.

July 29, 2008

When I was 8, my 7th grade primary class had a a tank of silk worm caterpillars as a classroom pet. When summer came around they couldn’t be left, so the children were each given the opportunity to take some home to look after until September, when we all returned. In order to be allowed to take some home you had to have a letter of permission from a parent, stating how many they were happy for you to have. My mother didn’t want me to have any. After days and days of pleading she finally relented and let me have one. I placed a 7 after the 1 that she had written on the letter, and brought home 17. My mother did not know I’d done this. A week into the summer holiday, all 17 caterpillars went missing. 22 years on, this is my reflective advise to anyone finding themselves in a similar situation…

10 Tips for Finding Lost Caterpillars.

Leave the lid off their tank.
This was their home
you never know
they may come back.

Accept that this is unlikely.
Leaving the lid off is exactly
what got you into this mess
in the first place.

Leave leaves
at regular intervals
around the house.

Don’t tell anyone
why you are doing this.
There is no sense in causing
unnecessary alarm.

Loiter round corners.
Quietly call to them.

Walk carefully.
Hide all shoes.
Encourage others
to go bare foot.

Promise them anything,
unreservedly.

Don’t have
green furniture.

Should they turn up
anywhere other
than in the tank –

deny all knowledge
of ever having had them.

Wait it out –

butterflies
are easier to find
than caterpillars.

Leave a net
by your bed.
Close windows.

Don’t have
green furniture.

Blame them on your mother’s house plants.

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