The beginning…

The Flower

The Flower


‘Yes, You. Down there.”

The fuzzy young caterpillar looked curiously up to the smiling flower.

“Hi. What are you up to?”

The young caterpillar sat down on all his legs. “I’ve come from the other side of the yard. It’s a very long walk.”

“Well, why don’t you rest awhile under my petals in the shade and we can chat.”

Want to have a little fun? Let’s do a little crowdsourcing and see what happens. If you have an idea, a line, new friend or other vision about this story, post it in the comments and let’s see what comes of it.

Here’s what I know so far: This is a story of friendship, love, growth and change. It’s not one of sacrifice where the flower dies in the end. It’s about joint partnership where they both benefit. And, they both will change. Don’t all caterpillars change into butterflies? Maybe the flower offers advice to the caterpillar as he goes through the change to butterfly. Maybe it’s not that at all. This is forming and I’d love to hear what you have to say.


I made this flower and immediately knew there was a children’s book, or even something that also speaks to adults. We learn through each other. Ultimately though, the flower makes me happy – even without the story – the image alone creates happiness. That’s the connection with all these images and cards I’ve created since starting this. Happiness and creating moments of happiness for people who want to make meaningful connections. If we can affect the people around us with a little joy, they take this to their circle (if they know it or not), then they take that forward to others and create a ripple effect. Eventually this makes the world better for all of us.

Imagine if we had millions of nuggets of happiness affecting people? How would we feel? What would the world look like then?

Let’s create a better world and spread a little happiness.

Till next time,


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  1. Alex Mill

    Hi Ellen,

    I wonder if the flower would tell inspirational stories to the caterpillar about its ancestry. Maybe mention all the references in history to its transformational benefits to the world — like when Mahakashyapa smiled when the Buddha held a flower. Perhaps the caterpillar tells stories of the effects of a flap of a butterfly’s wings on the weather. At least that’s what is coming up for me now.

    In lovingkindness,

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