As symbols, butterflies can be interpreted as messengers from a spiritual realm to provide comfort and assurance that the soul of a deceased loved one lives on. Other times your loved one may put some of their soul essence into a butterfly to actually connect with you physically once again. To stop by and say hello. Allow me to describe an incredible event I experienced today.
I lost my mother many years ago and today would have been her 99th birthday. This afternoon while sitting on the patio with my wife, Di, I suddenly felt a light brushing on my right arm and to our great surprise an Eastern-tiger Swallowtail Buttery was flying all about me...from no where. Mind you, an Eastern-tiger in our neighborhood at this time of year is a great rarity. It’s too early and there is very little to attract them to our gardens. Nonetheless, here she was. Flying all about me...brushing my arms and flying near my face for several seconds. All the while in a mist of cigar smoke. Di said, “Maybe she’s attracted to the cigar?” I responded, “I don’t believe so.” “Cigars usually keep insects away.” Regardless, she kept circling all about me and I thought she was going to alight. I asked Di to take a picture and just as suddenly as she appeared, she flew over our patio wall and disappeared. Gone.
Very atypical as we watch Swallowtails all the time in the summer and we know their flying habits. Typically they flit about the yard and then either fly directly over the patio and over our house or up into the pine trees on our property. Butterflies are prolific and acrobatic flyers. She disappeared as rapidly as she appeared. So...in light of this...in light of the symbolism surrounding butterflies...Happy Birthday Mom. Thanks for stopping by. I love you and miss you too. Say high to Dad and Jo.
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