As she walked, hand in hand with me, in the valley of flowers, admiring the landscape, the varied colours spread all over and the beauty that surrounded us was surreal.
And then she asked me innocently, “Where are the Butterflies?”
And I looked around, there were none. We turned around and searched all over but Alas. We found none.
So where did the Butterflies go?
To calm the little angel I said” They have gone home my dear.”
The seven year old’s mind buzzing with so many unanswered questions started the line of fire. You know the typical ones of where, how, when, why, which and so many more.
Majority answers I did not have so we sat and opened books and looked more. We spent a few hours on the internet which now is the Guru of knowledge. And what we found was astounding.
We found that Butterflies had names and species. And also that they migrated. Oh can u imagine the twinkle in the 7 year old’s eyes.
There are many species of butterflies as, The Monarch, The Painted Lady, Common Buckeye, American Lady, Red Admiral, Cloudless Sulphur, Skipper, Sachem, Question Mark, Clouded Skipper, Fiery Skipper and Mourning Cloak. Are they all butterflies?
Butterflies are cold blooded creatures and so they move to warm and hot climates.They hibernate and also live all over.
So she was disappointed to know that this beautiful creature did not actually have a home to live in and was cold blooded.
A Day flying insect it is called with a life cycle which consists of an egg, Larvae, Pupa and an Adult.
Is this how we describe a butterfly?
Well no, I see it a little differently. A Butterfly is a symbol of happiness and love. It spreads so much colour and brings smiles.
I read somewhere and here I quote,
“The Taoist philosopher, Zhuangzi, once had a dream about being a butterfly that flew without care about humanity; however; when he awoke and realized that it was just a dream, he thought to himself, “Was I before a man who dreamt about being a butterfly, or am I now a butterfly who dreams about being a man?”
In Chinese culture if two butterflies are flying together it is a symbol of love.
So I told the wide eyed 7 year old dreamer who looked at me with dove eyes that the butterfly is the most beautiful thing on this Earth. As it flutters its wings and shows all her colours the butterfly brings smiles on our faces and reaches out to our hearts in a special way.And then I was thinking how to explain to her where exactly did the butterflies go.
She jumped up and said'”Yes I know where the butterflies are!
Hannah Montana told them to fly away when she sings with her dad. You know that’s where they are.”
How sweet and how simple childhood is.
Here’s how Hannah Montana makes them fly away.