They plant milkweed in their yard to attract a non-migrating costal monarch butterfly. They have enjoyed several seasons of watching the butterflies emerge from their chrysalis to repeat the cycle of life again and again. And they brought an entire plant from their yard so that we could share the miracle on our deck. Dena told us what to look for and offered countless tips on midwifing!
I checked this baby several times a day
The gold spots are incredible. They look like jewels.
Next day, white spots, no doubt about what's growing in here
but here she is, still damp and weak
Wow! She is out of the pot. Flexing wings, waving legs around, doing push ups
And there she goes. First flight to the rail, then onto the wild blue
my spirit soaring with her. Beautiful. A priceless gift from special
Here's what I'm thinking. A little piece I wrote a few years ago;
The potential of the butterfly
motivates every caterpillar
and the wisdom and patience
of the caterpillar must be honored
by every butterfly.