The Sad Ending of Sandy’s “Corn Worm” (Contest Winners and New Contest!)

The other day my daughter Sandy and I plopped my grandson (Linkie Dink/Lincoln) in his car seat and meandered down to Wagner Farms in Corrales to see if we could pick up some peaches and apples.  We were hoping for pumpkins, too…though Wagner’s doesn’t usually put them out until the last weekend in September.

We arrived to find the delicious aroma of roasting green chili and the the beautiful autumn red of chili ristras hanging everywhere.  Mmmm!  Heaven!  Now, as Linkie Dink and I were choosing some perfectly juicy, fuzzy, delicious peaches, Sandy decided she was going to get  a few ears of sweet corn for supper.

Well, after Linkie Dink and I had chosen some peaches, some apples, some tomatoes…I noticed Sandy was still over by the corn.  So we strolled over (Lincoln ran, of course) to see what was up.  Well, what was up was this:  Sandy had never (to her memory) picked through organically grown ears of corn…which just might have had a caterpillar or two hiding inside.  Thus, she was very carefully and very slowly opening the husks to check to see if each ear was a good one or not.  At first, she was a little grossed out, but when I reminded her that half the fun of shucking corn was the eerie anticipation that you might come across a ‘worm’, she was suddenly overtaken by the sense of adventure, and actually chose a couple of ears that had ‘worm’ evidence.

When we got back to her house, her hunky husband began shucking the corn and did indeed come across a ‘worm’!  It was hysterical to watch, because as he continued shucking, he accidentally pulled some husk off the ear a little to quickly and the worm went flying off the ear of corn and onto Sandy’s arm!  She was screaming and laughing and Soren was laughing…even as he heroically removed the worm from her arm.

Well, to make a long story longer…when it was suggested that they put the worm down the garbage disposal I was mortified!  Therefore, naturally I turned into my mother (as we all do) and suggested they keep it as a pet!  I was reminded of the time I found a tomato worm in my mom’s garden and made a little habitat for it in a shoebox and kept it as a bet for quite some time.  Therefore, Sandy (also turning into her mother at that moment…it’s a generational thing) decided she would indeed keep the ‘corn worm’ as a pet. She put the tip of the ear of corn the worm had been munching on in a plastic leftovers container, dropped in some corn silk, and VOILA!…a new pet was born!

Well, the pet worm was doing very well.  Over the next couple of days he nearly doubled in size!  We were all amazed.  And then it happened…one night, just as I was getting ready for bed, I received the following text message:

“Soren killed my worm!!!”

Yes it’s true.  Having misunderstood a conversation Sandy and I had had in his presence earlier, Soren had thought Sandy was tired of the pet worm and…well…here’s Sandy’s blog that appeared the next morning:

Rest in Peace, Very Hungry Caterpillar

I had my very own Hungry Caterpillar.  But Soren killed him just now.  I found him in a corn husk while husking corn.  He looked like this:

I put him in a container to look at him that day. Soren said I was morbid.  I don’t think he had the right word down.  But after the weird egg incident I can blame him.  Then I put the bad end of the corn in their with my little hungry caterpillar and that’s when it began.  He started eating that corn like crazy…and he literally got fatter by the day!  Just like the very hungry caterpillar!  He was soooo fat today and I wanted to see if he would get fatter…but…that was after I had told Soren to get rid of it a few days ago…apparently he didn’t get the updated memo…that I wanted to either keep him to watch him get fatter or let him go in nature.

Therefore, I walked in to the kitchen just now only to find the container missing and Soren doing dishes.

“Where’s my caterpillar?” I exclaimed.  He looked at me with a guilty expression and pointed to the sink.

“Where is he??”

Finally he admitted to putting him in the garbage disposal.  “He isn’t dead yet.  He’s just in there.”  Soren pushed the disposal on for a split second then off.

I felt bad for the little caterpillar.  What an awful death.  I felt sick.  “Hurry up and finish him off!  I can’t think of him being partially cut up and in pain!”

And so I write this to the sound of the garbage disposal killing my caterpillar friend.  🙁  I know.  I am weird.

Poor Sandy!  I know how she feels!  I had some gerbils once that were brother and sister and had litter after litter of babies.  Eventually the little babies began to show signs of having severe birth defects so my dad put that litter in a brown paper lunch sack, took them out on the back porch and stomped on them to put them out of their misery.  (I sort of  lost my interest in gerbils after that.)  So to have your pet corn worm chewed up in the garbage disposal would be very traumatizing.

Therefore, as a homage to Sandy’s sad little corn worm experience (and yet, pets and their deaths do help children to learn to deal with loss), I’m having a blog contest this week!  Yep!  The contest is for not only a bag of yummy yummy candy corn, and some favorite popcorn treats, but also for a Fall/Halloween type movie (DVD) that is one of my favorites to watch this time of year…The Lady in White!  Ooo I have loved this movie for years!  I will warn you that it has some strong themes that I would NOT recommend for young children!  (It is PG-13.) However, our family really likes it because it’s so kind of creepy, nostalgic and autumn-ish!  SO just leave a comment here…let’s make it a message from you to Sandy about the loss of her corn worm, and you’ll be entered to win a care package which includes candy corn, popcorn treats and the DVD of The Lady in White, okay?  (And Sandy things she’s weird?)

Also, Megan E. and Lori Nelson…you two won contests!  (See yesterday’s blog!)  E-mail your addresses to me at so I can get you prizes in the mail to you!  Fun Fun Fun!


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41 Responses to The Sad Ending of Sandy’s “Corn Worm” (Contest Winners and New Contest!)

  1. I love candy corn! 🙂 Autumn is such a fun time!

  2. AH! I missed that part about writing a note to Sandy. Poor thing! Husbands try so hard to be helpful and sometimes they end up doing exactly what we didn’t want them to do! But we love them anyway. I hope you have better luck with your next pet! Heaven knows I can’t keep plants alive, let alone a pet.

  3. Shadow says:

    Awww..Sorry to hear about your worm Sandy. How aweful! In time, things will be better and you’ll have another lil guy to take care of. Wish you all the best and good luck with your next pet!

  4. Brooke says:

    SO sorry about the loss of your corn worm. It’s never easy to lose something you are attached to!

  5. Stacey says:

    Marcia, I loved reading this in Sandy’s blog, and so fun to read it from you too! I love you two!!
    Sandy, as I said before, It is better to have loved a corn worm, than to never have loved one at all! Haha! RIP Hungry Caterpillar!!

  6. Sandy says:

    I’m horrified at the form of death the little caterpillar experienced!! Ewww . . 🙁 Tell Sandy to just go get another one, inform Soren he is not to touch it and see what happens!! It’s hilarious and tragic at the same time! My question is: was the corn good?? lol
    Love you all – have a good one!

  7. K. Lou says:

    (in commemoration of its short life at the hands of a well-meaning man)

    A corn worm landed on Sandy’s arm.
    At first she meant to do him harm.
    But Grandma McClure said, “hang on a minute!
    Get a clear container and put the little guy in it.”

    It only took a rotten corn end
    to double the size of this hungry green friend.
    Things were just dandy; the worm was sure chubby.
    Till the worm’s worst nightmare came: Sandy’s hubby.

    Soren didn’t mean the worm real harm.
    He thought he would just work his husbandly charm.
    Overhearing his wife’s earlier morbid proposal,
    He put chubby corn worm down the disposal.

    While Soren dutifully washed the dishes that night
    Sandy was heard to shriek in fright,
    “What happened to my caterpillar?”
    She feared a fatal plot–still, her

    Instincts were to trust in fate so
    Again she asked her trusted mate:
    “What happened to my little guy?”
    Alas! The worm’s stars were not aligned.

    With a flick of his wrist and the push of his finger
    The decision was made–corn worm couldn’t linger.
    Soren chose an electronic device
    to end the life of a worm so nice.

    But lest we think ill of this poor worm-killer.
    Let us contemplate man vs. caterpillar.
    Worms will come and go any day.
    But a husband who does dishes??? He can stay!

  8. Crystal J. says:

    So sorry Sandy that your worm has been lost. He moves on to a better life! He will be hard to replace!

  9. Heather says:

    Poor Sandy. Love the poem though. Also looove Lady in White.

  10. Nikki says:

    I am dying over the “it is better to have loved a corn worm than to never have loved at all…”

    That is choice!

    I somehow feel unfulfilled now, however. Where in the hell does one buy organic corn? J/k…sorta ;D

  11. Dawn Sherman says:

    Oh, this was hilarious! And I love your clever poem, K. Lou!

  12. Marie V says:

    I was actually shucking sweet corn a few weeks ago to blanch them and freeze them for later use. some of it I had bought from a grocer and some was given to me from a friends garden. Anyways, I had put them in the fridge overnight and took them out to start shucking them. I’ve always hated shucking because of the possibilities of worms and ear wigs and what not, so I was very careful. After I did like 50 ears from the garden and found nothing, they were all clean. I was feeling pretty good and the scary anticipation was gone. So I started with the ones from the grocery store and Im thinking, these ones are from the store so they should be cleaner right? Not! After a few ears, I came across the biggest and fattest green worm! And it was dead!!! It had died from being in the cold fridge. I screamed for a few minutes, hysterical just like Sandy. Luckily, I only had about 10 left to do, so I continued shucking carefully, all the while worried i’d find another worm. So there is my worm story. 🙂

  13. Brandy Hansen says:

    So sorry for the corny wormy…..:( I once bought a fish, put him in a canning jar for a ‘home’ and put him right on my window sill…in January…..sadly, he froze to death…

  14. Candace K says:

    When I was little, we lived next to a field of sweet corn. Every year my Dad would get an entire trailer load of corn that we would spend days husking and canning or freezing. I ran across a few corn worms in my day. I should be used to them but they still kind of creep me out. I’m very sorry about the loss of your caterpillar friend. The garbage disposal does seem a terrible way to go…even for a creepy corn worm. RIP hungry caterpillar.

  15. Melissa Laing says:

    I have also been shucking plenty of corn and finding worms in them. Unfortunately I have the opposite reaction to these worms. I have to talk myself into eating the corn after they are found and gotten rid of. But you crack me up on a continuous basis so I am not surprised!

  16. Chris Bails says:

    I am sorry for your loss Sandy. Losing any pet is hard. My daughter had a pet catepilar this summer and he lived for a long time. He even started to do the butterfly thing and formed into a chrysalis. He stayed in that for a really long time and never turned into a butterfly. We then assumed he was dead, and she was so upset, because she wanted a butterfly as a pet. I explained that you could not have a butterfly as a pet. I told her he needed to leave free, and that we have enough pets. We live in the country and have 2 dogs that just had 10 puppies(got rid of all but 1), 7 cats-outside ones, had a bunny (he just died 2 weeks ago), 2 birds, chickens that just had babies, and one of the cats is getting ready to have babies. I have a full house or yard of animals and love it. I love pets and animals. Pets are all in the circle of life, that is what my daughter tells me. All animals come to you and make you happy and sometimes they live for a long time and sometimes they don’t. Be happy the time you have with them.
    Thanks for the giveaway and the chance to win. Halloween is my favorite holiday and can’t wait for the scary movies to start. A new movie coming out the my husband and I are going to see is Paranormal Activity 3. Coming out in late October, before Halloween.

  17. Sandy A. says:

    Ok LOOOVE the poem! And love all the comments from your guys! Thanks!! It does make me feel a bit better that my little cornworm has passed. 😉

  18. Julie says:

    A little ditty just for Sandy…

    Little corn worm so green and fat,
    I’m really sorry your life ended like that!
    But may you rest in peace little guy,
    And crawl through the corn fields in the sky.

    A corny poem for the corn worm. Hope it helps Sandy!

  19. mamabunny13 says:

    I’d like to make a toast to Wormy. Everyone raise your ear of corn. Wormy was a good worm, he was a fat worm. He worked so hard at munching all day. Wormy was so cute the way he looked up at Sandy with that ear to ear grin when she said good morning to him. ahem…uh…er…uh…Just work with me people! Who can follow an act like K. Lou? Any hooo, back to my toast. Wormy, you were a worm after my own heart! uh…wait a minute…ewwww…..*giggles* worm…heart…get…it? heartworm? *sigh. Ok, so maybe my friends are right and I’m really NOT funny like I say I am …but I know I am. heeheeheeheeheehee. Sandy, Are you glad I’m not your neighbor? lol

  20. Angeline Jarvis says:

    Oh so sad! I would have to say though I was a little grossed out by the picture of your pet. I don’t think I could keep that in my house. I would have let it go outside. 🙂

  21. Christina says:

    Okay, I admit this makes me a very inexperienced corn husker, because I’ve never found a worm in a cob, and didn’t know it was a possibility. I’m glad I didn’t know it was though, it may have made me less willing to shuck. 🙂 I’ve personally never had a pet worm or caterpillar… my kids and I did find a frog and keep him in our wading pool one summer. Of course after a couple weeks he mysteriously went missing. We suspect a hungry bird found him.

  22. Leanna Morris says:

    Ah, Sandy…I can understand your trepidation in finding a worm when husking sweet corn. I’ve come across those little critters before and I find them disgusting. So while I say, rest in peace little worm, I hope you were able to enjoy the deliciousness of fresh sweet corn!

  23. Meridyth says:

    Poor little corn worm. I, too, would have been interested to see what happened next after he got so fat. I think I would have had to chuck him in the yard. I would not have had the heart to grind him up in the garbage disposal. Poor wormy.

  24. Jade Pratt says:

    Sandy, you are not weird! 😉 My mom and I found a caterpillar on a weed a couple years ago, it was probably the largest caterpillar I have ever seen!!!! I wasn’t that close to the weed when I saw it, I caught sight of it out of the corner of my eye. Well, I decided that I should put this huge caterpillar in a jar with some leaves and other earth stuff. I wanted to see what would happen to it. I would check on my caterpillar in a jar once in a while. One day I notice that it had wrapped itself in a cocoon! I just new an amazing butterfly was going to appear in the spring! Well after a while it looked like it had gotten all moldy and gross. I felt sad for I thought the poor thing had just depressingly wrapped itself in a tomb. 🙁 After a year or two and after forgetting about the jar I came across it again. To my amazement that rotten tomb was gone, revealing a huge rather beautiful moth! That was unable to fly away and died in the jar 🙁 I was pretty sad, poor thing.

  25. Steph S. says:

    So sorry that you lost the little guy Sandy. I also just have to say that I loved reading what everyone else had written.

    A little side note to Marcia. I actually grew up watching “The Lady In White” My friends and I had a tradition of watching it once a week the entire month of October. (My parents finally banned it from my house, along with “The Greatest Show on Earth” but that is another story for another time.

    Love you guys.

  26. Sil says:

    Sorry Sandy about your worm! He’s in a better place eating lots of corn…

  27. Chelsea B. says:

    Awwww. So sorry, Sandy! RIP, little wormy….

  28. Velvet Hubler says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your worm Sandy but remember there are plenty more worms in the ground

  29. Stefanie says:

    Oh my gosh- what a tragic death! But just think of this as a growing experience. Maybe you’ll find another corn worm the next time you go organic corn picking and successfully keep that one as a pet!
    I feel like we’ve all had experiences where we’ve had to finish an accidental death and it’s always a sad experience 🙁 Sorry I don’t have any cute poems to help the grieving process (I can’t rhyme worth anything :P)

  30. shanna says:

    My kids are always collecting bugs and seeing if they can feed them and keep them alive. It is there job to huck corn when we get it from the garden I never thought about raising one of the little fellers from them but now after reading about your little pet I find myself wanting to watch a little guy get fat. Sorry that he met his untimely death but enjoyed the story

  31. Dovie W says:

    Okay Sandy, Have you ever read the “Very Hungry Caterpillar” By Eric Carle? If Not, I highly recommend it. It’s one on my Kidd’s favorite. I’m sure Little Lincoln would love it. Maybe it would make up for the lose of your very hungry caterpillar!

  32. Melissa Rivers says:

    So sorry about your worm Sandy! My dad has a garden and when we were little we would always find worms and caterpillars to keep as pets. It was so much fun to watch them grow and get chubbier!

  33. Carolyn Hansen says:

    Rest in Peace little worm! That is too bad that the little guy was disposed of. I know I wouldn’t be too happy with my hubby if he did that… though his washing the dishes would help to soothe my anger a good deal…

  34. Jamie Christensen says:

    I love candy corn! I love corn in general! I love autumn and pumpkin patches and I definitely LOVE Halloween! Sandy Im so sorry to hear about your worm. Maybe you will find another one the next time you get corn! 😉

  35. Danielle P says:

    I say you should relax on a comfy couch and eat some Lindt Lindor truffles while reading one of Marcia’s romantics book, they make everything better.

  36. joannie sparks says:

    Hi Sandy sorry about your little corn worm. Just remember go outside and look around and you will find all kinds of little friends that will be needing a home because it is getting cold outside…………I know how you feel my grandaughter went through this phrase to keep every bug , frog, lizard and anything she could. So i got her Hamsters finally they kept getting out or the babbies would die. We did research and had some for a long time untill we had only one left and the poor thing got so fat or died in the tube, Not sure!! when i saw that no more hammies.. Thanks for the chance to win this it will be something me and my grandaughter can do together when the weather change.

  37. Nancye Davis says:

    I always associate the smell of woodsmoke from a fireplace or from leaves burning as a true sign of Fall. I love watching all of the leaves change from shades of green into an explosion of yellow, red, orange, and brown. I am sad when the leaves have all fallen and when winter arrives.

    Sorry for the loss of your worm.

    nancyecdavis AT bellsouth DOT net

  38. C.E. Hart says:

    This is such a sad story–awful, yet in a weird way–funny. Poor worm.

    Mmm…Candy corn and scary movies. Love it!

  39. Kirsten says:

    I’m not sure I could count how many times I watched Lady in White in high school! Can we say SCAREY?! I should really watch it again…It’s been a {few} years…

  40. Alicia says:

    Wow–he may have had a sad end, but I bet there are no other worms so immortalized in poetry!

    Also, watched Lady in White when I was growing up with a friend when her family was out of town and neither of us would get out of our sleeping bags to turn off the tv when it was done…

  41. Re Emmons says:

    Our whole family certain understands. We take/catch spiders and any bug found at all in our home, in a jar, and take them for a long walk and release them (NOT Black Widows, not).
    My son lov’d these big giant fuzzy, really fuzzy caterpillars that were in West Texas, when he was a child. He took a couple to bed, unbeknownst to us. He awoke in the early a.m. with what looked like welts over his chest and neck. Took him to the doctor, who being an older and well-practiced with W.TX.children doc, knew exactly what it was. Calamine and bedrest for the day. Oh, and find those caterpillars and let them go.
    re**emmons of GdReads

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