by Margo Fallis
Spider Mother's Day
spider, the black widow, watched her six babies. She taught them all the
things a mama spider should teach her babies, like how to spin a web and
catch flies. She taught them how to drink the morning dew off the web.
Each day she worked with them on learning their ABC's, but no matter how
hard Mama tried, each of her babies could only learn one letter.
knew how to write the letter O. He learned words like orange, oval and
ostrich. His favorite O word was octopus because they had eight legs,
just like Harry.
knew how to write the letter R. She learned words like rose, red,
rooster, and rainbow.
knew how to write the letter H. He learned words like hippo, honey,
happy and hungry.
knew how to write the letter M. She learned words like marbles, monkey,
mango and milk.
knew how to write the letter E. He learned words like elephant, ear and
elm. His favorite E word was eggs, because it rhymed with his name,
knew how to write the letter T. She learned words like turtle, taffy,
tuna and top.
Mama was so frustrated that she climbed into her web and cried. The web
stretched across a flower garden, between roses and chrysanthemums.
babies saw how sad their mama looked and wanted to do something to
cheery her up and make her feel happy. They spun a single strand of web
from the tops of some of the flowers in the garden, holding up the
letters they'd learned.
spider looked up when she heard Crawly calling her name. All the letters
spelled out a word that made Mama smile. It said MOTHER. Mama opened her
arms and all six babies came running for a family hug. Mama was happy
because she knew her babies loved her.
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