Here’s information that will shock absolutely no one: I’m not one for the wonders of nature and all that other crap. I say what’s outside should stay outside and what’s inside should be temperature controlled and free of insects. I can assure you I keep up my end of the bargain and stay indoors as much as is humanly possible. Yes, I love animals and Dan is more likely to relocate an insect to the front porch than to kill it, but sometimes enough is enough. With flies for example, as we recently discussed in depth.
But sometimes, something comes along that is so amazing even I have to admit it; and that something is the Monarch Butterfly. When the kids were younger Lisa used to foster them from egg to full grown butterflies; her sister Jill has not only taken over but also written a book* about it and posted some admittedly wondrous and beautiful photos on Facebook. There, I said it. Wondrous. Bah humbug.
The thing is, it is hard to believe that a caterpillar wraps itself up for a while and comes out a butterfly, or even a moth for that matter. It goes from crawling along the ground to flying high. And in the case of the Monarch, it is so, well, beautiful. I’m not going to say it’s spiritual or anything crazy like that, but…it’s certainly something. And as usual, Lisa and her smarty pants family are all interesting and have hobbies and talents and things. Our side of the family might be interesting too, OK? We’re working our way up to it.
Maybe I’ll learn how to play the banjo or something. And it wouldn’t kill my brothers to try to do something either…just sayin’, we look really bad compared to Lisa’s family.
*Available late September; I will pass along details
Amazing photos courtesy of Jill Hampton: