If I Were a Tree Frog

Dear Journal,
I saw the baby Missouri Gray Tree Frog the other day that rode the skirts of my screen door. He’s grown bigger. So, I’ve been thinking about tree frogs lately, and how I rescued that baby frog from what I could of…well we won’t talk about that any longer.  It didn’t happen.
He was rescued that’s all we need to remember.
But, if I were a tree frog I would climb trees to the highest branch and look for juicy bugs to eat and foreign countries like Iowa. I wonder if frogs like corn.
If I were a tree frog, I would not gag on or puke up those juicy bugs but would count it a blessing when one flew in my mouth—like they sometimes do.
If I were a tree frog, I would tell the bullfrogs to SHUT UP for a minute and stop trying to be the center of attention so that everyone could hear my beautiful tree voice and nighttime tunes.
If I were a tree frog, I would admire my little feet and their agility, strength and suction cup beauty.
If I were a tree frog, I would teach humans that daily stupidity is not worth holding on to, but nature is worth holding on to and its  beauty should be cherished and enjoyed--like life.
Thanks for listening, Dear Journal.

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  1. The admiration part about your little feet and good stickiness is the most cute part of the post. Hahaha.. but I can never imagine myself as one jumping jack like a frog I will rather be one not eating flies at least! hahhha

  2. Hi Theresa .. little tree frog can also say .. if there's no me to those gallumphing humans, then there's no you.

    Happy days - Hilary

  3. LOL, foreign countries like Iowa and suction cup feet. :) I needed a good laugh this morning. :D
    Jules @ Trying To Get Over The Rainbow

  4. Thanks for the smiles this morning! Cute post. I always heard that, during high humidity which we have in MO, when a tree frog croaks before noon it means rain. Don't know how true that is.

  5. I bet a frog would be very happy in corn, largely because of the grasshoppers, which surely are the prime rib of insects...

    This was fun!

  6. "look for juicy bugs to eat and foreign countries like Iowa."

    Hahaha! Enjoyed that humor, I did.

  7. Such a lucky tree frog. Now I have to check out a Missouri Gray Tree Frog to see what they look like. They sound cute. I especially like the part about teaching us nature is worth holding on to. :)

    Thoughts in Progress
    Freelance Editing By Mason

  8. How delightful. I remember seeing lots of interesting critters the time I was in Ft. Leonard Wood MO a long time ago, but I don't remember gray tree frogs. I wish I had seen one. But I would never have written anything as delightful as this about them! And I love the ending: nature is worth holding onto. So true!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror, A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

  9. Loved the story of you and the g-kids going to the movies. I don't know why there is just one Smurfette. Is it like the queen bee? If I were a tree frog, I would also love and admire my suction cup feet.

  10. He's one lucky tree frog to have someone like you in his corner.

    Happy Weekend!

  11. Sadly, we don't have tree frogs around here. You've made me long to see one, though!

  12. I commented..

    dont know what happened to it but I really loved this post!



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