Katy is always happy. She loves to jump from leaf to leaf and maybe take a bite from time to time. That’s what Katydids do.
Katy lives in the big woods with mama and daddy Katydid. Life is always sunshine and raindrops, warm and bright and dewy sweet.
In the evenings, when the stars come out, Mama, Daddy and Little Katydid perch on their favorite leaf. There they sing their song of happiness and freedom, the freedom that all Katydids know.
But one evening with the stars shining brightly, little Katy noticed that Daddy’s song was not the same as before.
“Daddy,” Katy asked, “Why aren’t you singing high and sweet like before?”
Katy saw tears fall from Mama’s eyes. She knew that something was very wrong.
“Little Katy,” Daddy said with a sad face, “I must go away for awhile and talk to the walking sticks, who are trying to eat our leaves. We must make them go back to their own leaves.”
Daddy continued, “We must protect our leaves so that we always have plenty to eat and a special place to sing our song.”
“But Daddy,” Katy cried, “Mama and I will miss you. Who will tuck me in at night and read to me?”
Daddy felt warm tears roll down his face as he softly said, “Little Katy, Mama will always be here to do all the things for you until I return home again.”
“And always remember, Little Katydid,” said Daddy, “as the sun goes down and you press your tiny wings together, wherever I am, I will hear your song.”
“I will sing my song back to you, and in your heart you will hear it. Before you know it, I will be back home. Then we will be free again to hop and sing together. That’s what Katydids do.”
Debbie Aycock Williams