Suzi Cicada: Chapter 8

Cicada holes.

Ben tried not to feel hurt when Suzi refused his delicious offering. “Benny, I do appreciate you making me such an impressive meal, but we eat different things, and I have not felt like eating for days. I just feel like bursting. Something big is going to happen. I sense it. I wish that I could explain myself better.”

Ben relaxed and said, “I get it. Dad had me sit down for one of his “Life Lesson” talks. Usually, they drag on, but this one was hard another way. I had no idea that everyone was not like me. I did not know that life was short for some and long for others. I’m jealous that you will fly even though you don’t have wings.  I will never fly, even though I have wings. Why do I have them if I can never use them? Life is confusing. “

Suzi and Ben spent days chatting about matters big and small and often had more questions than answers. Sam got tired of trying to answer all the “why?” and “how come?” and “it isn’t fair that…” questions. So, he said his goodbyes and slowly descended to his quiet den. Sam had done all that he could to teach the youngsters, and he was tired of their pushiness.

About a week after Sam left, Suzi discovered holes under the log. She had to be careful not to fall into any, and she prevented several of Ben’s family from falling headfirst into these deep pits. She and Ben hollered down the holes and kept hearing the same reply. “I’m coming! Soon.”

And soon, one bugged-eye head after another poked through the hole followed by chunky bodies. Each one started marching towards the edge of the log. Suzi tried to block them. Then all of Ben’s family joined. The critters stopped and demanded that they be allowed to leave. Suzi had no idea what these bossy insects were. Ben knew and was happy to greet them.

“Welcome, Suzi Cicada’s brothers and sisters, cousins and friends! Please stop and listen. You only need to wait another few days to leave the safety of the log!”

Suzi had never seen her reflection. She was surprised to learn that she looked like these bumbling creatures. Quickly, she joined in the welcome. “Hello all! Please listen to the wise beetle. I went out early and almost got eaten. Please wait with us for a short while.“

Proud of being the self-appointed leader, Suzi smiled. But one large cicada said gruffly, “Move aside. I know what I want, and I want to go on top of the ground now. Move, or I will walk over you!”

Suzi tried to block the bold cicada, but he was stronger. He shoved past her and was gone. Others followed him. Suzi realized what Sam had said. She wanted to go into the bigger world, but she knew the danger. She begged the others to stay.

Read Chapter 9 of Suzi Cicada.

Author Suzanne Holland is the Visitor Center Manager at Hidden Oaks Nature Center, which is home to lots and lots of cicadas!

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About Fairfax County Park Authority

About Fairfax County Park Authority HISTORY: On December 6, 1950, the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors created the Fairfax County Park Authority. The Park Authority was authorized to make decisions concerning land acquisition, park development and operations in Fairfax County, Virginia. To date, 13 park bond referenda have been approved between 1959 and 2016. Today, the Park Authority has 427 parks on more than 23,000 acres of land. We offer 325 miles of trails, our most popular amenity. FACILITIES: The Park system is the primary public mechanism in Fairfax County for the preservation of environmentally sensitive land and resources, areas of historic significance and the provision of recreational facilities and services including: • Nine indoor RECenters with swimming pools, fitness rooms, gyms and class spaces. Cub Run features an indoor water park and on-site naturalist • Eight golf courses from par-3 to championship level, four driving ranges including the new state-of-the-art heated, covered range at Burke Lake Golf Center • Five nature and visitor centers. Also nine Off-Leash Dog Activity areas • Three lakefront parks including Lake Fairfax, Lake Accotink and Burke Lake, with campgrounds at Burke Lake and Lake Fairfax. The Water Mine Family Swimmin’ Hole at Lake Fairfax, Our Special Harbor Sprayground at Lee as well as an indoor water park at Cub Run RECenter • Clemyjontri Park, a fully accessible playground in Great Falls featuring two acres of family friendly fun and a carousel, as well as Chessie’s Big Backyard and a carousel at the Family Recreation Area at Lee District Park • An ice skating rink at Mount Vernon RECenter and the Skate Park in Wakefield Park adjacent to Audrey Moore RECenter • Kidwell Farm, a working farm of the 1930s-era at Frying Pan Farm Park in Herndon, now with historic carousel • Eight distinctive historic properties available for rent • A working grist mill at Colvin Run in Great Falls and a restored 18th century home at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly • A horticulture center at Green Spring Gardens in Annandale • Natural and cultural resources protected by the Natural Resource Management Plan and Cultural Resource Plans, plus an Invasive Management Area program that targets alien plants and utilizes volunteers in restoring native vegetation throughout our community • Picnic shelters, tennis courts, miniature golf courses, disc golf courses, off-leash dog parks, amphitheaters, a marina, kayaking/canoeing center • Provides 263 athletic fields, including 39 synthetic turf fields, and manages athletic field maintenance services at 417 school athletic fields. PARK AUTHORITY BOARD: A 12-member citizen board, appointed by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, sets policies and priorities for the Fairfax County Park Authority. Visit for Fairfax County Government's Comment Policy.

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