“I’m tired of being brown.” The beetle sat at the entrance of his hole. Everything he could see was brown: the river, the banks, his hole, even his family. And to make things worse, his mother had named him Brown.
A shard of mirror lay by the muddy waters and every day, Brown would inspect himself. “Dull old brown.” he’d lament. “No shiny wings for you. No shimmers of colour. Just drab dreary dusty brown.”
One day, while he was sulking in the shade of a brown leaf, a magnificent bug came to rest next to him. His shell was glossy and green and glowed with vibrant life.
“Go away.” said Brown. “I can’t stand to look at you.”
The bug flexed his legs. “I’ve come to bring you good news. I used to be dusty and dreary but then I met the Giant Being who took me on a wonderful journey and changed me.”
Brown snorted. “Tell me another. You were born that way.”
“No, no.” The bug wrinkled his brow. “I’m telling you the truth. When you go into your hole tonight, call out and ask the Giant Being to visit you.”
With a brilliant flash and whir of wings he was gone.
Brown shook some dust off his back and thought deeply about what the bug had said. There wasn’t any harm in trying was there? That night, when all his family were asleep, he called out quietly, “Giant Being, come and show me what you showed the green bug.”
His eyes drooped shut and then jerked open again. He was on the shoulder of a magnificent being who shimmered with radiant light.
“Are you ready for your journey, Brown?”
His voice was deep and mysterious like a thousand rushing waterfalls.
Brown tensed his muscles to stop them shaking. “Are you the Giant Being? Can you take away my browness?”
The Giant Being smiled. “You are who you are, Brown, but I can show you that brown is a magnificent colour.” He set off, striding across the land until they reached a sparkling city set against deep green hills.
Brown clung to his shoulder, amazed at what he was seeing. He had never explored beyond his brown patch of life.
“Here we go.” said the Giant Being. “Keep your eyes open, Brown.”
The next few hours were filled with incredible sights as Brown gazed at gem stones, polished smooth with tones of amber and earth. He leaned over mugs of coffee, rich and dark, and stared at statues carved from glowing mahogany. He saw the sun dance on a woman’s hair, golden brown with highlights of copper and auburn and he saw chocolate, thick and shiny as it was poured into mounds.
“Brown is beautiful!” he exclaimed. “I never realised, Giant Being. Thank you for showing me the truth.”
The Giant Being stroked a gentle finger across Brown’s shell. “Just tell the others. Tell them so they can learn the truth as well.”
When Brown looked down, he was back at his brown patch of life. He scurried over to the shard of mirror and an amazing sight reflected back at him. His shell was glossy, shimmering with amber and earth and a dozen shades in between. “Wow!” he shouted. “Wow! Wow! Wow!” Then he remembered what the Giant Being had told him.
Running over to his family he felt his heart bursting with excitement. “I’ve come to bring you good news.” he started, “I used to be dusty and dreary but then I met the Giant Being who took me on a wonderful journey and changed me.”
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