From the August 2007 magazine.

A Native American Legend

A man found a cocoonof a butterfly. One day, a small opening appeared, and he sat and watched the butterfly as it struggled for several hours to force its body through the little hole. Then, it seemed to stop making any progress. It appeared that it had gotten as far as it could.

The man decided to help the butterfly, so he snipped off the remaining bit of cocoon, The butterfly then emerged easily, but it had a swollen body and small, shriveled wings.

The man continued to watch the butterfly. He expected, at any moment, the wings to expand and support the body, which would...

-- Cindy C.

Manchester, New Hampshire