The garden was full of other bugs that Patient often played with. Her best friend was a green june bug named Jeff who looked like he was wearing a fancy suit. Jeff was very good at climbing up grass blades. He would wrap his many legs around a grass blade and sometimes sit for hours at the top looking over the wonderful view of the garden. Jeff and Patient loved playing hide and seek in the enormous lawn maze. Jeff could always find Patient because her swirly house would poke out of the grass.
Finally, the magpie’s mouth opened like a door and Jeff walked out safely onto a lawn that looked different and wilder than his. Glister had taken Patient and Jeff to the neighbor’s backyard where an old lady named Agatha lived. Agatha never mowed her lawn and she never hurt bugs or snails. Glister recommended that they live there from now on. Jeff and Patient thought it was safer to stay in Agatha’s backyard. The grass was so tall in this yard that Patient could finally hide the big house on her back when she played hide and seek with Jeff.
One day many summers after Jeff and Patient had moved to the old lady’s yard, Jeff asked: “Patient, don’t you ever miss our old home, our old yard?” Then Patient, wiggled her soft antennae and said: “No matter where we go, I always have my home with me.”
When Agatha, the old lady moved, a big family moved into her house with three hungry cats. Jeff and Patient had to move again. No one knows where they live these days. Maybe the two friends are playing hide and seek in your backyard right now.
story by Claire Akebrand Lavers