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Lesson 1556 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 15

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 15 – The Crickets  

 

Summer passes and the crickets begin their song warning others of the seasonal change. School will start, days will get longer, food will need to be collected and stored. Winter is coming.

 Wilbur, still the center of attention had grown big and fat. As far as everyone was concerned he certainly retained the titles of SOME PIG, TERRIFIC, and RADIANT.

Zuckerman tells Lurvy to make a crate so they can take the pig to the local County Fair.

“You’re going with me, aren’t you Charlotte?” Wilbur asks his friend. Even though she is versatile and even though she *could* accompany Wilbur to the Fair, Charlotte makes the decision to stay in the barn to make an egg sac. It was her time to do that.

“Surely you can lay your eggs at the Fair,” suggests Wilbur. But Charlotte replies, “I can’t arrange my family duties to suit the management of the County Fair.” She assures Wilbur that she will try to accompany him, knowing full well that she wouldn’t be able to.

Wilbur was going to have to be on his own and Charlotte was going to have to lay her eggs.

 

Chapter 15 Lessons Learned

 

The crickets begin singing their song of summer’s end.

Lesson Learned – Pay attention to your surroundings. Do what needs to be done when it needs to be done.

 

Wilbur still acts in a radiant and terrific manner.

Lesson Learned –.If you really believe it, you can become it.

 

Wilbur wants Charlotte to come to the Fair, but she declines.

Lesson Learned –Be willing to help others, but always be true to your own needs at all times.

 

Charlotte knows that she won’t be able to go to the County Fair because she must start her family.

Lesson Learned: Know what the things are that you really value in life and protect them at all costs.

 

 

 

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Lesson 1555 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 14

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 14 – Dr. Dorian  

Fern’s mother is upset that Fern spends so much time in the barn with the animals and not with her friends.

 

When Fern tells her about Charlotte’s relatives making a web that caught a fish and a web that acted like a balloon, Mrs. Arable doubts the story even though she admits that she’d also like to float away. Still, she thinks it not’s normal for Fern to spend so much time with animals so she decides to talk to Dr. Dorian, the family doctor about the situation.

 

Mrs. Arable tells Dr. Dorian that she’s worried about Fern spending time at the barn.

“How enchanting” he replies. “It must be real nice and quiet down there.” Continue reading

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Lesson 1554 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 13

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 13 – Good Progress 

Charlotte spends the next night on her new creation, a web that spells out “Terrific.” She decides to use her thick dry web strands instead of her sticky ones to form the letters so that bugs wouldn’t get caught in the message. The little spider gets so absorbed in her work that she talks out loud all night as she spins her web.

 

Lurvy discovers the web the next morning. He tells Mr. Zuckerman who tells Mrs, Zuckerman who calls the Arables to tell them the miraculous news.

 

They all gather at Wilbur’s stall to look at the web in front of Wilbur who certainly felt terrific and puffed out his chest. Continue reading

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Lesson 1553 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 12

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 12 – A Meeting 

 

 

 

A few days after the writing had appeared in Charlotte’s web, she calls a meeting for all the animals in the barn. She called the meeting to get new suggestions for a new message. “People are already getting sick of reading the words ‘Some Pig!’

A lamb suggests ‘Supreme Pig’ but that gets shot down. Then the goose suggests ‘Terrific’ which everyone thinks is a wonderful suggestion.

“But Charlotte,” said Wilbur. “I’m not terrific.”

“That doesn’t make a particle of difference,” replied Charlotte. “Not a particle. People believe almost anything they see in print.”

There is a discussion about how to spell “terrific” and the old sheep suggests that Templeton the rat who visits the dump can bring back bits of magazines with words they can use.

All agree that Templeton would never help out.

The old sheep begs to differ telling everyone that all he has to do is appeal to Templeton’s baser instincts.

When Templeton joins the group, the old sheep asks him to bring back magazine clippings for Charlotte to use in order to save Wilbur’s life.

“Let him die,” the rat declares.

It is only when the old sheep reminds Templeton that his destiny is tied with Wilbur’s in that if Wilbur dies, there will be no daily leftover food for Templeton that he changes his mind.

The meeting is adjourned so that Charlotte can get to work on creating “terrific” in her web.

But I’m not terrific, Charlotte, I’m just an average pig.”

“You’re terrific as far as I’m concerned,” replied Charlotte, sweetly, “and that’s what counts. You’re my best friend, and I think you’re sensational. Now story arguing and get some sleep.”

 

Chapter 12 Lessons Learned

 

Charlotte calls a barn meeting to get ideas.

Lesson Learned –. The more people who contribute, the more ideas from which you have to choose.

 

People believe almost anything they see in print.

Lesson Learned – Geesh – some things never change.

 

Templeton only agrees to get magazine clippings when he realizes what he will lose if Wilbur is killed.

Lesson Learned –If you want people to change their behavior then you need to point out what’s in it for them.

 

When Wilbur doubts that he is terrific. Charlotte comforts him by telling him that she thinks he is terrific and that’s what counts.

Lessons Learned: Never underestimate the power of a best friend.

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Lesson 1552 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 11

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 11 – The Miracle 

The next morning was foggy which meant that tiny beads of water attached themselves to Charlotte’s web making it sparkle in the sun and stand out.

Lurvy notices the web when he brings Wilbur his breakfast and he sees “Some Pig” woven into the stands. This is the message that Charlotte had worked all night as her plan to save Wilbur.

Lurvy alerts Mr. Zuckerman to the web who then tells Mrs. Zuckerman about it letting her know that they have “no ordinary pig.”

“Seems to me,” Mrs Zuckerman replies “that it means we have no ordinary spider.”

“Oh no,” said Zuckerman. “It’s the pig that unusual. It says so right there in the middle of the web.”

Luvry, and Mr. and Mrs. Zuckerman go to the barn and spend time looking at the web.

“You know,” he said in an important voice, “I’ve thought all along that that pig of ours was an extra good one. He’s a solid pig”

Lurvy gets into his Sunday suit and goes to the minister’s house to tell him about the miracle had happened in the barn.

“Don’t’ tell anybody else,: said the minister.” We don’t know what it means yet, but perhaps if I give though to it, I can explain it in my sermon next Sunday.”

But secrets are hard to keep. Before long news spread and everyone in the county knew that a sign had appeared in a spider’s web.

When Fern tells her mother that Avery had tried to knock the spider down with a stick, she sends him to bed without his supper as punishment.

With everyone visiting the barn, things that normally got done did not. Blackberries ripened and left unpicked meaning no blackberry jam was put up. The corn needed hoeing but Lurvy couldn’t find the time to hoe it.

On Sunday the minister announced to his flock that the words on the spider’s web proved that human being must always be on the watch for the coming of wonders.

 

Chapter 11 Lessons Learned

 

When Charlotte writes “Some Pig” in her web it gets noticed.

Lesson Learned – Never underestimate the power of the written word.

 

Mr. Zukerman tells Mrs. Zuckerman that the sign means that they have an unusual pig, but she thinks it means that they have an unusual spider.

Lesson Learned –. Sure, the woman does the work, but the man gets the credit. Some things never change.

 

Mr. Zuckerman changes his mind about Wilbur and now thinks that he’s a special pig.

Lesson Learned –Sensationalism often convinces people of things they might never have believed.

 

The minister tells Zuckerman to not let anyone know about the sign so that he could think on it and talk about it at the next sermon.

Lesson Learned –Sometimes signs are for everyone. .

 

So many people come to the barn that the regular farm work is interrupted and food planned for the winter does not get picked. .

Lesson Learned – Being famous is no good if you don’t have food on the table.

 

On Sunday the minister tells everyone that the sign in the web means that humans must be on the lookout for other signs indicating the “coming of wonders.”

Lessons Learned: It’s easy to overlook the little details when all you focus on is the big picture.

 

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Lesson 1551 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 10

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 10 – An Explosion 

Charlotte, after spending lots of time upside down (so that the blood will go to her head and she could think better), comes up with a plan to save her friend Wilbur.

Meanwhile Fern and her brother Avery spend the day having fun. First they visit the kitchen where their mother offers them a slice of fresh blueberry pie. Avery’s frog escapes and causes havoc resulting in them being thrown out of the kitchen.

The two go to the barn and spend an hour swinging on a scary, but fun rope swing.

They then go to the fields and eat raspberries until Fern eats one with a bug in it.

Next they go to the barn where Avery spots Charlotte and wants to capture her. He grabs a stick intending to knock her down and climbs onto the trough to reach her. The trough turns over breaking the unhatched egg and releasing all kinds of horrible gases and smells.

The children run home in disgust leaving the animals in the barn to discuss their situation.

“I’m delighted that the egg never hatched,” said the goose when told the story, proud that she had played a part in Charlotte’s rescue.

Wilbur is fed dinner by Lurvey and decides to leave some aside for Templeton who lost his egg but saved the day.

Now that everything has calmed down in the barn and the animals are going to sleep, Charlotte begins work on her plan to save her friend.

 

Chapter 10 Lessons Learned

 

After thinking for many days, Charlotte finally comes up with a plan to save Wilbur’s life.

Lesson Learned – Give it time, if you stick with it, you’ll be able to figure a way out of your mess.

 

Avery brings his frog into the kitchen and it jumps into soapy water which gets on the blueberry pie.

Lesson Learned –. A little obvious, but seriously, frogs do not belong in the kitchen.

 

Even though local mothers worried about their children playing on the “dangerous” Zuckerman swing, no child had ever gotten hurt.

Lesson Learned – Children almost always hold onto things tighter than their parents think they will.

 

Fern eats a raspberry with a bug in it.

Lesson Learned – Hey, sometimes raspberries have bugs, next time look before you eat.

 

When Avery fell onto the rotten egg, it broke releasing a horrible smell which ended up saving Charlotte’s life.

Lesson Learned – Sometimes things happen for a reason.

 

Templeton was happy about his role in saving Charlotte’s life. “It pays to save things. I never throw anything away.”

Lesson Learned –. Even though the egg helped save Charlotte, it pays to save things *within* reason. Useless things need to go sooner rather than later. He got lucky with this one.

 

Wilbur is fed dinner by Farmer Lurvey and remembering that Templeton’s egg had saved Charlotte’s life, leave a whole noodle for his friend.

Lesson Learned –. Remember to thank your friends when they do something nice.

 

Once everyone starts to nod off, Charlotte begins work on her plan to save Wilbur’s life.

Lesson Learned –.Some of your best work can often be done once the kids go to sleep.

 

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Lesson 1550 – Lessons Learned from Charlotte’s Web – Chapter 9

Charlotte’s Web Chapter 9 – Wilbur’s Boast

Routines are established in the barn. Wilbur naps and Charlotte repairs her web (even though spider webs are strong) from the daily damage caused by flies being caught.

To Wilbur, it looks easy making a web and so he asks Charlotte for instructions.

“First, you have to go somewhere high and then attach your spinneret and hurl yourself out into space, leaving a dragline as you go.” she explains.

Wilbur goes to the top of the manure pile and tries to start a web but when by hurling himself off the pile. He lands face first with no web for his effort.

Even after he attaches a bit of string given to him by Templeton, to his tail, he still can’t start a web.

Wilbur becomes dejected at his poor web building skills.

“Cheer up” rallies Charlotte, “the farmer brings you three big meals a day, you don’t need a web to catch your food.”

Charlotte comforts Wilbur by telling him that although he could try, in the end it’s spiders who make the best webs. She tells him about the Queensborough bridge, a large man-made web that took 8 years to build. “They don’t even catch anything on the bridge,” she tells him, “they just trot back and forth looking for something better on the other side.”

Wilbur decides to take a nap. He listens to the barn noises and smells Lurvey outside under the tree with his pipe. He is content but then he thinks of his conversation with the goose and he suddenly realizes that he doesn’t want to die.

Wilbur asks if Charlotte was serious when she said that she would come up with a plan to save him.

“I was never more serious in my life. I am not going to let you die Wilbur.”

But Charlotte needs to think more about her plan and tells Wilbur that the way he can help her is to try and build himself up. “I want you to get plenty of sleep, and stop worrying, Never hurry and never worry. Chew your food thoroughly and eat every bit of it, except you must leave just enough for Templeton. Gain weight and stay well – that’s the way you can help. Keep fit and don’t lose your nerve.”

Wilbur accepts her advice and after getting up to eat the last bit of mashed potatoes in his trough, he, Fern, and Charlotte say Good night to each other.

 

Chapter 9 Lessons Learned

 

Charlotte can make a web and although Wilbur tries, he can’t.

Lesson Learned – We all have individual gifts, it’s up to us to use those gifts in order to make our and other lives better. If you were born a weaver then weave.

 

The Queensborough bride, a manmade web, seems pointless as no food ever gets caught. People just go back and forth on it all day.

Lesson Learned –Sometimes a web is not a web.

 

Wilbur is afraid of dying.

Lesson Learned –When faced with mortality, it’s okay to be afraid.

 

Charlotte comforts Wilbur by telling him that she is working on a plan. “I will not let you die” She tells him.

Lesson Learned –Hope is the ultimate slayer of all darkness.

 

Charlotte isn’t a mother but she sure could be one.

Bonus Lesson – When things seem a little overwhelming, it’s best to:

  • Get plenty of sleep
  • Stop worrying
  • Never hurry and never worry
  • Chew your food thoroughly
  • Eat every bit of it – don’t be wasteful
  • Share food and good times with friends.
  • Gain weight
  • Stay well
  • Keep fit
  • Don’t lose your nerve

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