My Old Bike – Wiggly Worm

Wiggly Worm

Frankie figures out how to make the money needed to buy his new bike!

Moral of the Story

Getting a typical job before turning sixteen can be difficult, options are limited. To make money, be creative. Start with something you know well.

Talking Points

  1. What can you do to make money?
  2. Where, instead of the dining room table, should Frankie have sorted his worms?
  3. Why did Frankie's father tell him to "shake on it"?
  4. Why did dad instruct Frankie to roll up the towels and put them under the plastic bag instead of on top?
  5. How can you tell that mom has a good sense of humor?


All definitions may be found at

  1. Inspection
    Careful examination or scrutiny.
  2. Night crawlers
    An earthworm, in particular one that comes to the surface at night and is collected for use as fishing bait.
  3. Impending
    Be about to happen.
  4. Wrath
    Extreme anger (chiefly used for humorous or rhetorical effect).
  5. Approval
    The action of officially agreeing to something or accepting something as satisfactory.
  6. Command
    Give an authoritative order.
  7. Writhe
    Make continual twisting, squirming movements or contortions of the body.
  8. Precious
    Of great value; not to be wasted or treated carelessly (of an object, substance, or resource).
  9. Clinched
    Check it out, this should be clenched which means:
    (with reference to the teeth) press or be pressed tightly together, especially with anger or determination or so as to suppress a strong emotion.
  10. Squirm
    Wriggle or twist the body from side to side, especially as a result of nervousness or discomfort.
  11. Ratty
    Shabby, untidy or in bad condition.
  12. Reconsider
    Consider (something) again, especially for a possible change of decision regarding it.
  13. Sarcasm
    The use of irony to mock or convey contempt.

Personal Note

Picking worms at the golf course to sell to the local bait shop... I did that!

Just like Frankie dreams to buy a new bike, so did I as kid. There was a Huffy 10 speed on display at a store in the village. It was $89, that's like $400 today! My parents didn't have the money to pay for half so I was doing anything and everything to come up with the cash. But my parents did help sort worms, just like Frankie's!

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