of service

being of service

with all the stories in the news these days about people in need, corporate excesses, dysfunctional government, abuse of power, and more- i am reminded each time i serve “the tiny masters” how important it is for those who have the power (ie money,control, and mulberry leaves) to have compassion and make sure that the gap is not too wide.

each time i clear the frass from the trays of caterpillars there are those who, for whatever reasons have not made it to the top of the pile and need a little extra help to continue on. that might mean i move them by hand, give them a little more time, and save the tenderest leaf tips for them. sometimes, no matter what i do a few don’t make it but in the end i know i made the effort. and in the very end, most will spin a cocoon.

each time i raise a batch of silkworms, i realize how dependent they are on me to collect fresh leaves each day for them, to keep their trays cleared of frass and worm poop, to keep them at the correct temperature and humidity. their very lives depend on all of it. and if i succeed, they will spin large lovely cocoons in return for my efforts.

8 thoughts on “of service

  1. velma

    this past fortnight, i have been in service as well, to a very sick dog, to friends. well. it is a lot of work, and it brings me close to those important things. maybe someday i, too, will serve such tiny masters!

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  2. shiborigirl Post author

    yes, a very symbiotic relationship. i like to create that with my customers as well.
    right now as i am getting ready for the show i wish they were already spinning their cocoons! but still a couple of weeks to go. and many many more mulberry leaves. good thing the neighbors tree is quite large!

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