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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
Worm Giggles

Worm Giggles

Wylie, the worm, always frowned. He never smiled. All the other worms were happy and had huge grins on their faces. One sunny morning the worms were outside wriggling about on the ground. "That sunshine feels wonderful," Wendy said.

"Thereís nothing like a blue sky to make you feel happy," Willie said.

"Look at the flowers. Arenít they beautiful?" Walter added.

Wylie looked at the blue sky and the flowers. He thought they were beautiful, but he still didnít smile.

"Wylie, why do you always frown? Why arenít you happy like the rest of us?" Wendy asked.

Wylie hung his head low and inched away from Wendy without answering her question. "Iíve got a good idea. Letís try to get Wylie to laugh. Heís always frowning! I know thereís something that will make him happy," Willie suggested.

"Thatís a good idea. Why donít you go first? You try to make Wylie laugh," Walter said.

Willie found Wylie sulking near a pebble. He called, "Look, Wylie. Watch me!" Willie picked up three roly-poly bugs and started to juggle them. All the other worms thought it was great. They started to laugh and clap, but Wylie didnít think it was very funny and inched away. "That didnít work very well," Willie said to Wendy and Walter.

"Iíll try," Wendy said. She found Wylie hiding under a daffodilís trumpet. She picked the flower and put it on her head and started to dance around. "Look at me, Wylie. Donít you think I look funny?" All the other worms thought Wendy looked funny. They clapped and laughed, but Wylie didnít think it was funny and inched away.

"That didnít work either," Walter said. "Itís my turn now. I think I can get Wylie to smile." He found Wylie near an anthill. "Iíve got a great idea." Walter picked up ten ants and put them on his head. He did a little dance. All the ants fell off into the dirt. The other worms started to laugh. So did the ants. "Hey, Wylie, that was funny. Why arenít you laughing?" Walter asked. Wylie didnít think it was funny and inched away.

One of the younger worms, Wanda, came over to Wendy. "I know how to cheer Wylie up. See how we are all brown and boring? Iíll bet if we painted ourselves bright colors, it would cheer him up."

"Thatís a great idea, Wanda. Letís do it," Walter said. He gathered all the worms around and they painted themselves yellow, green, red, purple, and blue. "Wow! We look great. Thatís very funny."

"Wylie! Wylie! Come and see what weíve done," Wanda called. Wylie didnít think it was very funny. He didnít laugh. "I canít believe you arenít laughing. I think we should paint you orange!"

Willie and Walter grabbed Wylie and painted him orange. The paintbrush started to tickle Wylie. He started to giggle. "Stop that," he said. They painted him again. "Stop that. It tickles. Hee, hee, hee." Wylie started to laugh. He laughed so hard and so loud that all the other worms came over to see.

"Is that Wylie laughing?"

"Wylie? Is that you laughing?

"I canít believe Wylie is laughing!"

Wylie laughed, and laughed, and laughed. He inched over to the pond and looked at his and the otherís reflections in the water. He rolled around on the ground laughing. "Finally, we got Wylie to laugh."

"Does that mean we have to stay this way, all painted up with orange, yellow, green, blue, and red paint?" Wendy asked.

"If that keeps Wylie happy, then YES!" Willie said.

From then on whenever Wylie looked at his reflection in the pond, or saw the other worms, he started to laugh. He was happy and so was everyone else.

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