Mel wanted to be different.
She wanted to stand out.
But all ants look the same.
She tried pulling faces.
But that made her cheeks ache.
She tried carrying odd shaped leaves.
But no one noticed.
Everyone just marched on as usual.
Mel had to accept it. All ants look the same.
One day, Mel had a new idea.
Perhaps a funny walk would get her noticed.
First, the legs. Mel stretched as far as she could with each step.
Next, the arms. Mel waved them about as if they had a mind of their own.
She was thinking about how she was walking, but not where she was walking.
Mel dusted herself down. She felt fine, but the others had gathered round.
“Gosh! Look!” said Kayla, “Your antenna, it’s broken!”
Mel was very upset.
Owen laughed and laughed. “You’re different now, that’s for sure!”
Everyone was talking about Mel.
The next day, things changed. “I’d like to be different too”, declared Jen.
She made herself a necklace from a blade of grass.
“Me too!” said Delon. He made some shoes from seed cases.
Soon, in one way or another, everyone was different.
Mel couldn’t believe it.
No one seemed to notice.
There was just more to talk about.
When everyone was different, they were all the same.