"Den grimme ælling," the 1843 Danish story by Hans Christian Andersen about the ugly duckling that matures to be a beautiful swan, comes to mind.
Still at home recuperating, living life vicariously through others who get to be out and about.
My friend Gretchen Kirkland sent me this:
"Saw this caterpillar August 17 in the Smokies on Noland Divide Trail. Thought you might enjoy a view from the wild country. Glad you got to the widow maker in time. You'll be a new man, ready to run the hills of East Tennessee."
Gretchen knew it was the caterpillar of a Pandora sphinx moth (Eumorpha pandorus).
|The beautiful swan|