Today I was talking to my sweet niece. I was talking. She didn’t say a word. In order to really entertain her, I sang out with my best little kid song that jumped into my head: The Itsy-Bitsy Spider
The itsy-bitsy spider went up the water spout.
Down came the rain, and washed the spider out.
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain,
And the itsy-bitsy spider went up the spout again.
This little spider was on a journey. She was heading up, because she knew that up was the way to go. Up was where she could see the world–and then she would know what to do with her little life. She would be able to choose the best place for a home. A place far away from the threat of her enemies. She would be able to feed on healthy things there. Things that didn’t just make her body healthy, but they would keep her mind healthy too. And eventually, she would be able to send her own little spiders out into the wind to find their own way.
Unfortunately for this little spider, the rain came before she could ever make it to the top. Oh! Did that rain come down! She didn’t think it would ever stop, because after all, when it rains–it pours! Before she knew it, she couldn’t hold on any longer! Whoosh! There she went! It was scary! There was nothing to hold onto, and she was pushed further away from the one place that she wanted to be. Everything she had worked for was gone. She was right back at square one–AND it was raining. How miserable. Normally she loved the rain, but this time it was so hard.
Just when Itsy-bitsy thought that her luck had run out–the sun returned! It spread its gorgeous light, and dried up every little bit of her worries in the process. She could see it from the bottom of the spout, but it was just a tiny light. As the light began to grow, she hatched a plan (She had to have a plan, after all…) Soon, it was dry enough for her to begin her journey again. And this time, she went up the spout–but she stayed on the OUTSIDE. That way, if the rain returned, she would be safe enough from the downpour.
To be continued when the sun comes out, and this little tenacious spider makes it to the top…