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The worm on the road


The ground was wet when I went for a walk at six this morning.

It rained last night.

I saw an earthworm on the edge of the driveway. The worm was moving in the direction of the road. The flower bed the worm  came from was behind the worm. Was the worm  going to visit relatives across the street? Was the worm out all night partying? Did the worm get lost and  couldn’t find its way home? The skin on the earthworm was starting to dry out. I picked up the worm and put it back in the flowerbed.

The worm doesn’t have eyes. The worm doesn’t have ears. The worm doesn’t have teeth. The worm doesn’t have lungs.   The worm breathes through its skin. If the worm dries out it will suffocate.

The worm has five hearts. I have  one heart.

I kept thinking about the worm during the day as I ate my breakfast. I thought about the worm as I  washed the breakfast dishes. I thought about the worm as I taught math, and science and language arts. I thought about the worm as I was getting ready for bed.

I don’t really know why I kept thinking about the worm. Is there any deep meaning in putting a worm back in the dirt?  I don’t know if it matters to anyone one else that I put the worm back in the dirt.

But I do know one thing for sure. It mattered to the worm.




About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • You got me thinking:
    5 hearts. MMM…..could I do 5 actions with those hearts a day?
    And…..sometimes I wish someone would pick me up and put me back in the dirt.

    • pamelahodges

      No I hadn’t seen it. I may have run away if that worm had crawled out of my flower bed. Or maybe I would have taken a video and been on the news.

  • Oh no…….not a worm!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  • Elsie

    Thanks for reminding us that whatever we do, we make a difference. It doesn’t matter if it’s for a worm or a young mind. We make a difference.

  • Just like it did matter to the worm, whether anyone else gave the worm a thought, we can remind ourselves there are many little instances every day of things we do that make a difference to at least one. I try to think of that when it seems I simply cannot keep up with all the demands, and I feel like I am just falling farther and farther behind. There was at least one moment when what I did made a difference.

    • pamelahodges

      Yes, at least one moment where what we did made a difference. Did you have a moment like that at school today?

  • Glad you put little worm back where he was meant to be! Thanks!

  • It matters to us too – good job!