Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus

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Once upon a time there was a caterpillar named Stripe who was born and lived a normal life, eating as much as he want until he grows bigger and bigger. Later on he became tired of the same old routine, he thought of something that could make his life more exiting, what could be the world away from the trees, was there anything to found? Will it be worth it to leave his heaven and explore the unknown? In the end, he decided to go. Fascinated by the beauty of nature, he enjoyed life more and more, until he found a certain pillar.

Curious about the other caterpillars. Stripe tried to climb so high only to realize how hard could it be to work so hard on something you never knew about. For him to climb higher and higher, he experienced to get kicked, pushed and downed.

Later on, he met Yellow. They decided to climb together, but in the end they give-up. They became happy down the pillar. Doing almost everthing together; eating, talking and playing but none of that made Stripe feel better.

He decided to go back and give climbing another shot. Yellow refuses to go with him this time. For her, she has had enough of pain and hardship on thw first climb.

Stripe, once again climb to the caterpillar’s pillar. And just when he was about to give up, he saw a butterfly. Amazed and mesmerized, he didn’t realized it was actually Yellow who was flying aroung.

For Yellow to become butterfly, someone once told her that she must want to fly so much that she should be willing to give up being a caterpillar, and so she did. “Come with me and you will be a butterfly”. She told Stripe. Once again, Stripe gives up on climbing to join Yellow in her journey. Then he became one, a beautiful and lovely butterfly. Together they fly, together they found happiness, and together, they live a happy ever after. Fin.

I think the message was very simple on this one. Unlike Stripe, I think majority wouldn’t choose to take the other way around.

I think without Yellow, Stripe could not go that far. I mean, everyone needs somebody sometimes. Somebody to share your success, somebody to express your doubts and problems, ideas and happiness.

Lastly, I think the story wanted to tell us how to change for the better. Give up and let go. Each ending doesn’t always signify the end. It’s about taking risks and desired to see something more beautiful.

Wow! Imagine how Trina had managed to put such message on a very thin book. What an amazing read indeed.

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