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    butterfly friend

    Post  alejandra88 on Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:25 pm

    hello. i am new to the forum and wanted to tell you about a butterfly i recently made friends with.

    he appeared on some plants in my patio for a few days. i kept watching him. he never flew away. on the third day i looked closer at him and realized he had a damaged wing. he couldn't fly. it was getting cold and rainy that night so i thought i would bring him inside. for the next two weeks he lived on some house plants in a window in my kitchen. i figured he had no way of flying from flower to flower to get nectar - so i started bringing him fresh flowers everyday so he could feast on them. have you ever watched a butterfly eat nectar ? fascinating ! i also contacted some butterfly society, and they told me butterflys also like fruit punch gatorade - soak a cottonball with the punch. he also loved that.

    everyday i would take him out on the patio so he could get some fresh air and sunshine - and then i would bring him in at night.

    i began to have a friendship with this butterfly. butterflys have personalities ! i began to know this butterfly. he would spread his wings and turn his head when i walked into the room and talked with him. he began to trust me and would climb on my finger every morning when it was time to go out for the day. i quickly learned what flowers he liked - and which ones he had no interest in.

    i knew this friendship would be short lived, since i did some research and found that butterflys live from caterpiller to butterfly is one month.

    i also learned about this plant 'milkweed'.... about four months earlier this 'weed' popped up in my garden. i didn't know what it was - but something told me to let it grow. soon, there was a lot of it. i did research and found it was Asclepias curassavica (Scarlet Milkweed). interesting twist to the story... milkweed is the one plant that monarch butterflys love. they will only lay their eggs on milkweed. and baby caterpillers will only eat milkweed. this is because milkweed has a poison in it that will make them non-desireable to predators !

    i realize it was no mistake i let that 'weed' grow and it brought me my friend.

    sometimes it was hard to watch him... i saw him flap his wings. i felt sad that the one thing butterflys can do - which is to float through the sky - my friend couldn't do that. the lesson i learned from that is to love and enjoy exactly where you are today - there are no mistakes and no 'handicaps'. i wondered if he knew he couldn't fly like the rest of his kind - or if he was happy and pleased with life just the way it was.

    one morning after two weeks i had put him outside on his flower. i would check on him every hour to see how he was doing. at about 3:00 that afternoon, i went to check on him... and he was gone. my heart sank. i looked everywhere for him. where could he have gone ? he couldn't fly. i looked under plants, benches, everywhere. i cried - although i realize it was his time to go.

    for a few days i was really sad - even now i miss him. i thank God for lessons i learned. i thank God for letting me have a relationship with one of his most amazing beautiful creatures. i feel so blessed.

    the day before he disappeared, i had put him outside on the milkweed plant. i was watching him... and it seemed he was going to the bathroom. he tipped his rear end on to the leaf and deposited a little white drop. the day after he was gone, i did more research - and realized - that was an egg ! and maybe.... ... he was a SHE !! i am now caring for this little tiny egg... watching it everyday, hopefully a little caterpiller will emerge soon.

    strangest part of this story... a week after he was gone i was outside getting the mail... i was shifting through the mail and i felt this huge SWOOOOSH behind me - nearly knocking me over. it was so powerful, loud and forceful - i whipped myself around... and there... floating gracefully calmly by me... was a beautiful gorgeous monarch butterfly. i watched him flutter around my yard for a bit until he drifted away. there should be no monarchs in my area at this time of the year. they migrate to central america. but there he was. what a gift.

    i will continue to explore the messages God creatures have for me. i will continue to be open to the experiences that will help me live and grow. i will be grateful for my friend, the butterfly.
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    Re: butterfly friend

    Post  millergrls on Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:13 am

    What a wonderful storey. Thank you for sharing. My daughter read it with me.She was very touched. Thank you again forsharing.
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    Re: butterfly friend

    Post  SeaCharms on Wed Dec 26, 2012 3:42 am

    That is really beautiful! You are such a tender heart to care for that little butterfly. Bless you!

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    Re: butterfly friend

    Post  alejandra88 on Wed Dec 26, 2012 6:08 pm

    thank you for letting me share my story here and thanks for sharing it with your daughter :meditating:

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    Re: butterfly friend

    Post  alejandra88 on Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:18 pm

    i have been having some thoughts about my experience getting the mail after my butterfly was gone.

    something definitely happened with that SWOOSH behind me that made me turn around at that exact moment to see that butterfly floating by.

    i don't think it was some sort of reincarnation of my butterfly - but whatever it was - it really wanted to get my attention so i could see that butterfly.

    i am not sure how to word this - but i thought it might be some kind of collective energy of 'butterflies' just passing by to say 'thank you'.

    i am wondering if anyone has any input or experience with this sort of thing.
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    Post  Violet on Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:08 pm

    I enjoyed your story too, I rescued one a couple of months ago it was trying to get inside the house and had landed in the door way, it was a very chilly day, I managed to coax it onto my finger and took it outside into the sunshine, it turned and turned on my finger warming itself up then flew off :flo:

    In answer to your question, yes I do believe we recieve 'thanks' in many weird and wonderful ways, they're often unnoticed I feel though.



    Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly.

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