One day Spider was wandering the bush in search of a web. He was searching because he didn’t have a web of his own. Suddenly he came across a beautiful web between two trees. He crawled up and found that another spider called Leaf Curler was already there.
“Excuse me,” he said, “Can I have this web?”
Leaf Curler looked confused. “This is my web,” he said.
Spider responded, “Yes, but sharing is caring!”
Leaf Curler was stunned. Sharing was caring. So he gave up his web and moved on. Spider was happy in his new web but after a while he became hungry. He didn’t have any food so he went out in search of something to eat.
Nearby he found another web with a juicy fly stuck inside. He crawled up and reached for the fly but was stopped suddenly by the web’s owner, a spider called Jumper.
“Hey!” shouted Jumper, “That’s my food!”
“But I’m hungry,” pleaded Spider.
Jumper looked confused, “Well you can’t have my food,” he said.
“But,” said Spider, “Sharing is caring!”
Jumper was stunned. Sharing was caring. So he gave up his fly and moved on. Spider took the fly to the web he had taken from Leaf Curler. He rested happily and ate his fill but after a while he grew lonely. He didn’t have anyone to play with so he went out in search of friends.
Nearby Spider spotted Leaf Curler. He went over and asked, “Hey, want to play with me?”
“No way!” shouted Leaf Curler, “Not after you took my web!”
Disappointed, Spider moved on. He came across Jumper. “Hey Jumper,” he said, “Want to play with me?”
“No way!” shouted Jumper, “Not after you took my food!”
Spider was hurt by this. He was lonely and wanted to play but no one would play with him. Had he done something wrong? Sharing was caring after all. Spider needed some guidance. He decided to visit someone older and the oldest spider in the bush was Golden Orb Weaver.
Spider told Orb Weaver about his problem, how he was lonely but no one would play with him. Orb Weaver listened carefully. “Spider,” she said, “You did not have a web of your own, so you took one from Leaf Curler because sharing is caring. You did not have food of your own, so you took some from Jumper because sharing is caring. Now because you have taken these things you are unwelcome. What you must learn is this; sharing is caring, but, sharing is giving, not taking.”
Spider was stunned.
He thanked Orb Weaver and left.
In a nearby tree Spider began to build his own web. It wasn’t easy. It required some skills he didn’t have and he needed some help to learn these skills. But eventually he was able to build a web. Then he waited for some food. It wasn’t easy. It required patience and he wasn’t so patient but eventually he learned and caught some food. Now with a web of his own and food to eat he saw a nearby spider wandering, searching.
“Hey,” he called, “Would you like to share this food with me?”
The nearby spider was stunned but gratefully accepted the offer. After sharing the web and eating his fill the spider asked, “Why did you share this web and your food with me?”
“Well,” replied Spider, “Because sharing is caring. But sharing is giving, not taking."