October 16, 2013

She'll Be Back





Ah!  Look!  A butterfly!

These words drifted through the window and pulled me from the comfort of my chair.   A small girl excited by the sight of a butterfly stood open mouthed; transfixed by the acrobatic, graceful movements.  And I too stood transfixed, marveling at this small child's delight in her simple discovery.

She gets it, I thought to myself.  She really gets it.  A smile opened itself wide on both our faces as we shared the moment.  She reluctantly trailed after her companion and I wanted to yell, wait, wait ... you haven't seen the hummingbirds yet or the many lizards or the swallowtails.  But I think she knows.  She'll be back.

Joy was written all over her face.




14 comments:

  1. Nikt nie może się nie zachwycać pięknym motylem i mającym jeszcze tak wspaniałe zdjecie. Pozdrawiam.
    No one can not admire a beautiful butterfly and having a not so great photo. Yours.

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  2. What a special moment! We should all have more of those!

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  3. I remember when you added the butterfly plants to the front and how sweet you can share these special moments of wonder with those who take time to see.

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  4. I remember an incident like that happening to a little boy.....over 50 years ago!

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  5. What a magical moment. Who knows, maybe you were there at the birth of a world famous naturalist!

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  6. There are two real and present dangers I face in my work in the garden beds. First up is that I will begin to think of them truly as "mine" when they are all shared spaces in every sense of that word. Second is that I will somehow see it all as work done plus work to be done and lose the joy.

    A sincere thank-you for reminding me that it is joy experienced and joy shared the natural world has to offer us.

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  7. I feel that self same joy as I reflect on my own encounter several weeks ago... a butterfly in my garden is always a magical moment. A tender reflection, Cat.

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  8. What a great story! She has so much joy to discover still!

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  9. Hi Cat, glad to see that YOU'RE back :-) And thanks for sharing the story and the picture of such a beautiful creature that embodies the beauty and sweet joy that can come after a struggle or difficult circumstances.

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  10. Preciosa la imagen!! Creo que somos muchos los que nos alegramos cuando vemos una mariposa en nuestro jardín.
    Un abrazo grande.

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  11. Those moments are the best. Thanks for sharing that magical encounter, Cat. And by the way--I love the way you captured the stillness of the butterfly's body with the motion of the wings. Beautiful!

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  12. What a pure moment. It's made even better that it happened with a real butterfly instead of a video screen. :o)

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  13. Awe...I love this...such a wonderful moment! Thank you for sharing the lovely story.

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  14. Lovely lovely post, Cat. It's nice to be back reading your blog. Your posts are always beautiful and thoughtful. I hope you are well.

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Piglet sidled up to Pooh from behind.
"Pooh!" he whispered.
"Yes, Piglet?"
"Nothing," said Piglet, taking Pooh's paw. "I just wanted to be sure of you."
~A.A. Milne

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