S: Ernie the Earthworm
FC: Ernie the Earthworm | By Joni and Esther
1: Hi! I'm Ernie (my full name is Earlstein Jr. after my father, but Ernie is my nickname) and I like warm hugs! Gather round everyone! Let me tell the life story of me, Ernie the Awesome. That's what my chums used to call me. I was the fastest hole digger. I even beat my blindest friend Role the mole. Anyway, that's not important. Let's start from the very beginning.
2: Today's my birthday! One year ago, I had just hatched from a tiny cocoon, along with my other siblings. Although I am only one, I have dozens of grandchildren, because an average earthworm cycle takes only about 4 to 6 weeks. Here's a picture of me when I was just a teeny weeny egg.
3: In this photo I was just a young lad. Just after hatching I was as white as bird scat. I'll tell you how I know about those flying creatures' droppings another day. I was quite a curious one. I would sniff my way down the dirt with my siblings following behind me. I was, of course, the fastest.
4: This is a picture of me as a teenager. I look pretty snazzy. I'm nice and plump and pink, like a balloon. Don't ask me how I know about those floaty things. Now that I'm older I'm going through puberty (not human puberty, WORM puberty). I have a whitish headband around my head called a clitellum.This is where my reproductive organs are. We'll get to that later.
5: Now about all those grandkids. Yep I have a bunch. How did I get all of them? That's the interesting part. Earthworms are very fascinating specimens. We have both male and female reproductive organs but we still need a mate since we don't want to be lonely. The two mates put their clitellums together and sperm passes from one worm to the other and is stored in sacs. After this a cocoon will form on both worms clitellums. Each cocoon can hold from 1-5 baby worms.
6: Now that I've covered my life story let's get down and dirty! Don't worry, I don't mean it in the messy type of way, I mean the I explain many of my glorious homes that I've lived in type of way. First, I lived with my parents and other siblings, we had quite a spacious area with moist soil to keep us hydrated, and soft grains that make it easy to move around in! Although, we had lots of trouble with staying together because of the pupils that Mother and Father had to deal with!
7: There was one period that our family had to struggle with, it was called winter. We don't like to be reminded of this terrible time, but it is known, as "The Great Depression". It was very cold, and the soil started to dry up making it really difficult to work with. We had to migrate to different regions trying to find a suitable home to live in. Although, when the season ended, the gravel had never been any moister and softer! Replenishing our minerals, nutrients, and body fluids.
8: There was also another weather crisis called rain. It was terrible! Our homes were soaked, and so were we! At a point, our home got so drenched in water, that it started flooding, and we couldn't swim! So we had to adapt and try to stay away from low elevated homes and move somewhere else. Weather conditions are quite tough for us (to be honest), and it's very difficult to aerate (dig tunnels) when our soil is in mixed conditions.
9: As a specimen, us worms have to unique ability to grow back any part of the body thats lost! I've had to do it twice because of Coach Roach, she's one tough cookie! You've probably heard that we don't have legs, and you my humanly friend are correct! So, in order to feast on a meal, we must wait for our food (vegetables and or meat) to be dead!
10: I just love talking about myself! Here's a fun fact about me, I am very sensitive to light and temperature, so I have to use A LOT of SPF 5000 sunscreen. This is how I sense my way of direction with no eyes! Aren't I fabulous? Well, that's been enough about me! Toodle Doodles everyone! Adios Amigos! See ya later mu chacha! Here's a special good-bye from Ernie the Earthworm!