The heretic ant

Once upon a time there was a family of ants. Well known in antdom they were, industrious little things, minding their own business, faithful as all get out, but not too fond of traveling.

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They made mountains out of mole hills, and were for their size, known in the land as the ‘little giants.’ Some considered them intellectually challenged, and thought they were at a disadvantage because they were notorious in their circle running, but they didn’t care, and danced to their own tune. For their size, they were the proverbial king of the hill. But they had enemies. Other ants with ulterior motives.

Then there was the aardvark, and many other critters on the prowl for their nutrition. They fared fine without a leader, but the ‘other’ ants did what was right in their own eyes, and their sect was known among the crawling creatures as the most liberal and tolerant of thought.

At least their loud mouths were a warning to the more humble of clans that they were on the move. They professed themselves to be wise. They were completely unaware that there was a world above them, and they were content stealing from the labors of others, calling the prudent simple-minded, and mocked their hard labor, and laughed at their dance where they would just run in circles, thinking them dizzy in the head; while they knew nothing of true music that inflames the passion of thought and deed.

Well, as you could imagine, one day one of the little fellas from the camp, veered off course from his proud brothers, and found himself on a tree log that was recently felled. Before he knew it, the loggers had loaded up, and the ant was in for the ride of his life.

To the mill, where he barely escaped his life by the saw, hiding now amid the sawdust to survive, he sez: ‘What the heck is this vibration and this noise, so unlike the carpet of the forest. Where am I?  Who and what are those rather large things moving like monster ants. Am I in Lilliput?’

So the ant for once in his exciting existence decided to embrace the moment as he found a rock to climb upon, seeking a higher vantage point, where he trod higher and higher, traversed a limb here, a crane there, until he was above all, now looking down upon the loggers and seeing that they were so like himself; ants of a different nature as it were.

He saw the instant harmony of men busy yet in concert, with a purpose that challenged his thoughts. ‘The orchestration and perfection of such activity, so like me and my friends.’ Indeed the ant was on to something, as he recognized the warp and woof of a grand design, that he so saw in the web of a spider, a vee by the geese, and that dewdrop to him that was oh so spectacular.

His perspective of things immediately changed, he saw himself no longer as king above all, and the thought now crossed his mind to look even further, to that which suspended the dew drop, and now up, he saw that fireball that supplied the daylight, and the darkness that allowed a hiding place, and he all of a sudden said ‘uh oh.’

Yes, the ant testified to the Creator, and now wanted to spend his days not only dancing, but speaking loudly as to his new excitement, that in Him, we live, and move, and have our being.

He was now curious as to the different dance of his ‘enemy’ brethren, and the knees of that ant quaked in humility and silent wonder. That’s right, all creatures great and small say ‘uh oh’ when facing the piercing honesty of the truth of themselves against one greater.

Unbelief in the mind of man is put to shame by the ant, who displays more character and industry in his daily affairs. Now if the little ant could only get back to his friends with the greatest tale ever

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83 Responses to The heretic ant

  1. Wally Fry says:

    Good story ColorStorm especially the part about the little ant telling his friends. Sadly sometimes the friends don’t take it so good and they eat their little friend

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Forgot about the chocolate……………… 😉

      But I’m not sure why any body would complain about such an insignificant creature. Then again, man is equally insignificant eh. Or maybe man is just a step above the ant, a Large step.

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      • Citizen Tom says:

        Well, it is a step an ant would notice. God? They step between us and Him is so large, so vast we cannot comprehend it. We are lucky to have the word of His Son and the testimony of the Bible.

        One of the big differences between a Christianity and other beliefs is that Christians believe God loves us.He actually cares about us. Otherwise humility could easily become despair. We call that fatalism.

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  2. Aesop would be proud 🙂

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Now there is a comment I would be better served to remain silent. Tkx Jewels.

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      • Now I like Aesop’s fables. . .is that a bad thing CS? I can’t speak to his beliefs or lack thereof as a fabled Greek or of his lifestyle, or to the fact that his existence is all but questioned, but what I do know is that growing up ,being read his fables, brings back memories of contentment and happiness—so to be told (or actually reading ) a story offered in a similar vein all these many years removed from childhood was a welcomed opportunity—so in light of one who told stories intended to offer insight to some of life’s problems, issues, or conundrums, all to be done in such a way which makes one’s listeners / readers think, I was pleased to sit at your knee as it were, listening / reading about your ant—so yes, Aesop and every other yarn spinner would be proud 🙂

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  3. atimetoshare says:

    This is such a great piece. Would you be willing to allow me to use it with my students of forensics (the public speaking kind. ). What a solid message!

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  4. archaeopteryx1 says:

    …one day one of the little fellas from the camp, veered off course from his proud brothers, and found himself on a tree log that was recently felled.” – Highly unlikely, anyone who knows anything about entomology, knows that ants follow a scent trail – ants don’t “veer off course.”

    …and he all of a sudden said ‘uh oh.’ Yes, the ant testified to the Creator….

    So this anthropomorphic ant, this refugee from Disney’s “A Bug’s Life,” made the same mistake as humans that envisioned animal shapes in cloud formations – he assigned agency where there was none.

    However, I will agree that the ant does indeed make a good mascot for Christians to emulate. They obey their programming mindlessly, without question, and they have no life outside of serving their leader.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      @ archx1

      You said ‘–— he assigned agency where there was none.—–‘

      Dare you challenge the intellect of an ant? In the tale before us, it appears he succumbed to the obvious.

      But to borrow your word ‘programming.’ So, Mr. Unbeliever, in what reality does an inanimate object write code? How does the mindless exhibit such ingenuity………..

      Consider the ant, thou sluggard of thought…………………’

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        Dare you challenge the intellect of an ant?” – No, only the intellect of the author.

        But to borrow your word ‘programming.’ So, Mr. Unbeliever, in what reality does an inanimate object write code?” – That may have been a poor choice of words, on which I should have known you would jump – substitute, “instinct.

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    • Hi Arch–I wanted to touch base, letting you know that when I first read your comment to CS this morning. . . about Christians being mindless automatons, I bristled. I wanted to immediately hit reply expressing my offense. . .but I thought better of a rash impulse defense mechanism of which I have been known to do, and decided to ponder your words as I drove over to my dads. I had plenty of time to ruminate as I traversed the interstate to Dad’s dodging the myriad of mindless ants, aka fellow drivers, on their way to work, play or wherever it is we mindless creatures wander off to. . .
      It matters not what you or I or anyone really thinks of a fable about an ant—what matters is that you felt lead to clump all Christians into a single mound of mere creatures who march about mindlessly serving some obscure “leader”
      Now I don’t wish to take anything away from any entomologist who loves his or her ants, but I do take offense at being thrown into that field of study as just another number in the mix of empty headed worker drones—and you must know I absolutely can’t stand fire ants as this southern state of mine is rife with those deadly critters, but I digress—

      Arch, my relationship with my God and my life as a Christian, or that as a follower of Jesus, is not mindless, robotic, senseless, moronic or what other synonym may fill the bill—-I am a living, breathing, feeling, thinking individual who chooses to believe that there is a God who is Omnipotent—that I am the created and He is the Created and that His son died for my sins—plain and simple.
      You may flippantly espouse that I and my fellow Christians are believers in the greatest fable ever told—and that my friend is your propagative—but please know that I would never clump you into some dump box of atheists, nonbelievers, or whatever the politically correct term is these days running down the pike for those who choose not believe in the Judeo-Christian monotheistic God Yahweh and His son Yeshua —
      I respect people more than dumping them into the neat little boxes our prejudicious lead us to—my anger, my resentment and yes, even Satan, will each delightfully lull me into wanting to clump some offender into any number of boxed categories of hate, malice, ignorance, etc— as is so often our nature as humans, but to do so is wrong and unfair—so I won’t do it and nor should you—-I’m a human being who happens to be a Christian, not a seemingly mindless ant. . .
      just saying—
      Julie

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        I have no doubt, Julie, that you believe what you say you do, I just simply cannot understand how you can read the Bible and still maintain those beliefs. I can only assume that you have never studied how the Bible was written, or by whom – I would go into detail, but everytime I have tried, CS has deleted my response. I can’t even offer you sources of information, for the same reason.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Oh please. Do I need to remind you of the garden bed and the seeds of doubt? There is plenty of wayward information readily available to a person who is not satisfied with scripture. Me? I prefer avoiding water that has poison or that is muddy.

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        • I have Arch, reading some of the earliest chroniclers of the early 1st and 2nd centuries as well as Josephus and even some of the gnostic gospels as well—and I still come back to what I know in my core being—that which goes beyond human comprehension and thought—I can’t dissect or pick Him apart as He and His being if you will, is beyond my mere mortal understanding —I can try to connect the dots, explaining it all away as mere smoke and mirrors–the hopes of a few misguided, delusional, heretical jews, pagans and gentiles who wanted to start a rebellion or revolution–yet He is all consuming in my heart and soul—far from a mindless, trance -like, psychological concoction buried in the deep recesses of a misguided psyche—but rather it is a true relationship that would behoove me to work on as that’s what a relationship is, a melding of two who foster, as well as relish, in the bond they forge—as in it does take two—not merely one—not unless I’m dealing with some deep-ceded psychosis 🙂
          of which I know in my heart goes well beyond such—but it all comes back to the individual and that individual’s encounter with a loving God, Father, Creator—- a relationship of which is something left up to each individual—we all have our road to Damascus—some of us are blinded and finally get it, some of us remain with scales upon our eyes. . . but please know I am not a mindless ant—

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          I would love to respond to your comment, Julie, but prior experience tells me that if I were to say anything of substance, CS would bury it in Moderation, delete it entirely, or censor it beyond recognition.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          You are impossible arch. Once more with this comment, you strain at a gnat, and swallow the hippo.

          Even your ‘friends’ have agreed and admitted with me as to your intentions on believers sites.

          And you are not listening to Julie. You cannot steal her appreciation for scripture, nor her affection for the living God, as if her, and my eyesight is impaired, which you like to imagine.

          Btw, I am not here to cater to your every insane link and comment. There are plenty of books where one could read your cut and pasted insults of truth.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          It’s not your eyesight that’s impaired, CS.

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        • I understand Arch and I suppose we will settle on the agreeing to disagree component of our lives— 🙂

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Or – we could continue this on your blog, but only on your invitation.

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        • well, since so many of my posts tend not to be contrary or inflammatory or steeped in overt theology as I tend to be more of a hodge podge of thoughts, observations, living a life with an aging parent, my own frustrations, hurts, and joys in just living day to day and yes my feelings of living in a fallen world—I certainly don’t mind you coming over but as far as a tit for tat sort of back and forth argument of is He or isn’t He—not so much—and as I’ve said before Arch—I’m no historian, academic, theologian, philosopher, etc—I’m just a wife, a mom, a retired teacher, a daughter who gets through life one step and one day at a time—I am a deeply committed spiritual Christian who holds ardently on to my faith—but I am also one who is honest with my faith–that I have gotten mad at God’s silence just as much as I have rejoiced in it—I have hurt as well as been hurt and I have anguished over injustices—but once the dust settles I always know that He is the continuum –and today I was actually sharing a post about the handiwork of a fellow blogger who makes the most wonderful useful creations from wood—-but as I say, you’re always welcome over, but don’t expect a fight or even much of an argument as I learned along time ago, I can’t make any one else believe in something they’re not willing to want to believe—I just have to live my faith—the good, the bad, the ugly and the real of it—but in the end, I know who I believe in and I am grateful to be forgiven. . .

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Fight? I would never fight with you. In fact, I don’t fight with anyone who is willing to discuss calmly and rationally – scripture-flingers seem not to fall into that category. It may not be immediately, as I promised to shoot hoops this afternoon with my grandson (and get humiliated – talk about a greater love hath no man!).

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        • oh and in my fast thinking thoughts and too slow typing fingers that should have read that I am the created as He is the Creator—-but I know you understood what I was trying to say—

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      • archaeopteryx1 says:

        …to ponder your words as I drove over to my dads – That reminded me – I take it your dad is feeling much better now —

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    • Citizen Tom says:

      That’s is a curious assertion.

      he assigned agency where there was none.

      Can you prove that statement?

      The ant merely infers cause from effect, that a design requires a designer, but you are asserting without a shred of proof that the cause does not exist.

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  5. violetwisp says:

    I’m speechless.

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  6. mike and brandy says:

    “Yes, the ant testified to the Creator,…”

    so basically, he found out that there was much more to NATURE than he knew or was able to imagine. then, having no other options at his disposal, not having a big enough brain and lacking opposable digits, he ‘testified to the creator’? the creator he had not seen, but took a rather unjustified ‘leap’ of induction to ‘know’ must exist.

    I’m a Christian and I Do still believe in a Creator, but parables like this supposedly illustrating the ‘necessity of God’ by inferring from nature are embarrassingly poor logic and prime examples of faulty thinking.

    if you want to infer God’s existence from Nature, by all means do so. But will someone please stop with the Leaps in logic and non sequitur argumentation being done here? it makes you and all of us look bad and unintelligent, trying to be intelligent.
    -mike

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    • ColorStorm says:

      I’m thinking somewhere in this far fetched tale, there is a lesson to be had for whoever sees fit.

      Makes me look bad? Maybe, but a fool for Christ sake isn’t all bad.

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      But will someone please stop with the Leaps in logic and non sequitur argumentation being done here?
      Words to live by!

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  7. Great parable, CS!! That shift in perspective can make all the difference!
    “Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or as His counselor has informed Him? With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding? And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge And informed Him of the way of understanding?” Isaiah 40:13-14

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  8. Great tale, Colorstorm. A shift in perspective, indeed. It’s amazing what can happen when you crawl out of your ant hole and have a look about the world.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Tkx ib22, glad you appreciated it. Boy did I leave out the part about the ants uncles; such characters………….;)

      Truly though, people have humbled themselves for lesser comparisons. Then there is the bee sting, and the honey………..

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      • LOL, the bee sting and the honey, yes. Also, I suppose it would be wrong to ask for a can of Raid? 😉

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Too much. Yea, let’s hold off on the spray; duct tape doesn’t burn the eyes 😉

          But seriously, the Creator has given such awe in those little marvels. ‘Consider’ them…………. ‘Consider the lilies…………….’

          So is it asking too much for us to give Him a little consideration, just a little………..

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  9. Julie Harris says:

    Love this story!! So much truth and wisdom here… delightful 🙂

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  10. Sumpter Mountain Gift Stop says:

    very good!

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  11. Wally Fry says:

    Reblogged this on Truth in Palmyra and commented:

    Just a beautiful story here

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Quite a thing to glean something of merit from a simple ant, eh wally?

      Tkx bro. for the appreciation and passing along.

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      • Wally Fry says:

        It was my pleasure to pass it brother. The world loves a good story even if just because it is fun to read. But some stories just might make a difference in some person’s life so this was well worth passing down the line.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          ‘Does not nature itself teach you.’ says the good book. Oh the lessons.

          If men in govt. preached the ethic of the ant, perhaps welfare would take a hike.

          Have a gr8 day WF.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          If men in govt. preached the ethic of the ant, perhaps welfare would take a hike.” – What an outlook, coming from an alleged Christian, and in complete opposition to the philosophy of your “Savior,” that you should sell everything you own and give the proceeds to the poor. Even the welfare system doesn’t advocate that!

          Of course your ants don’t have to worry about paying for childcare while parents go out and work at a minimum-wage job – maybe you could open a daycare center and volunteer to care for their children free of charge while they do that – that would certainly be the Christian thing to do!

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        • ColorStorm says:

          My goodness. Sooooooooo, a governor who says there are lessons to be learned from the work ethic of ants, is somehow guilty of opposing ‘help for the poor……..’

          But it seems the point of the essay here escaped you; others got it.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Sooooooooo, a governor who says there are lessons to be learned from the work ethic of ants, is somehow guilty of opposing ‘help for the poor……..’

          No, a commenter who advocates that welfare take a hike is somehow guilty of opposing ‘help for the poor……..’

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Hey arch,

          Welfare was never meant to be a way of life, handed down through families to encourage the lazy. In these instances, yes, ‘take a hike,’ Geez, most people understand common sense.

          ‘Consider the ant, thou sluggard.’ Seems to be good advice. Who could argue……..

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          You didn’t respond to my suggestion that you open a free childcare facility to assist mothers to “consider the ant” and take a minimum wage job so they can stop receiving Aid to Dependent Children – when did you plan to do that?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Well done. you are admitting the spirit of man is at least different than the ant. You are not far from the kingdom of God, but the ruling on the field stands.

          Even squirrels do not ask for handouts.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          And STILL no answer – typical CS behavior —

          …you are admitting the spirit of man is at least different than the ant.” – Another foolish statement, there are no spirits, neither ant nor men.

          Even squirrels do not ask for handouts. – Which has to do with what, exactly? Do you just say the first thing that pops into your head? And as usual, wrong – when I lived in Colorado, I even had one that would come into my livingroom for a handout. I say handout, it was more like a stickup.

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        • ColorStorm says:

          Your impudence is blinding your eyes. You are simply arguing out loud with your self and losing.

          Your ‘stone age’ men who you like to mock, have observed the intrinsic character of the modest ant, and their work ethic. Which of your modern day heroes has held in such esteem the insignificant creature, and labelled the lazy as sluggards in comparison? Men are such wimps to cite the obvious.

          Why are you any better than an ant? If a man has no spirit, then you are as expendable as the next ant you crush, or the next dead possum. Yea, remember the obits for the ground hogs? Wake up. As to the squirrels, they are not on the welfare roll; it’s kind of simple in context.

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        • archaeopteryx1 says:

          Yea“? Who says “Yea” in 2015?

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        • ColorStorm says:

          I apologize, impudence is apparently not strong enough.

          So what if I forgot the ‘h’ or omitted it purposefully. To strain at the gnat, and not see the elephant…………..

          (Ps, I’m sure many others would like to know why/if you were banned from hosting a word press site.

          Nobody spends the time…………

          You do appear to have moments of decency, but the ‘vodka’ jokes by your friends linger, and may explain a lot..

          Were there words of irrevokable damage……..?) This may shed daylight.

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  12. Tricia says:

    What a great story ColorStorm, topically entertaining and filled with deeper meaning. Pay no mind to the grumpy scoffers either (which I doubt you do), it’s not a coincidence that the Bible has much to say about that word.

    On a completely different note, here is an ant joke my niece told me recently. Why don’t anteaters get sick? Because they are full of antibodies! Badump bump!

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    • archaeopteryx1 says:

      Pay no mind to the grumpy scoffers either (which I doubt you do)” – He has selective hearing, he can’t hear anything but praise.

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Good point about scoffing there trish. For thousands of years the word has been verified as to the professional mockers and scoffers.

      And with the escalation of information through devices and the web, the mocking has only intensified.

      Of course God is not surprised, and neither should we be.

      …..and a couple of budda bing budda booms…………;)

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  13. Terri says:

    I really liked this story a whole lot. Fabulous writing!

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    • ColorStorm says:

      It’s always the little things………..in this case, the little ants. They do dazzle and have a work ethic second to none.

      Tkx terri for the vote of confidence 😉

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  15. SLIMJIM says:

    Witty little tale!

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  16. Have you heard of paragraphs CS?

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    • ColorStorm says:

      Tkx rs, but surely you know this had to have been a formatting error. It was in paragraphs when written, and had you not mentioned it, I would probably have not seen the ‘mess.’

      So thanks again. I don’t think I have ever written anything quite so hard on the eyes as a one paragraph post.

      WP snafu hopefully that’s all it was. So feel free to reread and post your thoughts.

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