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The Butterfly

red admiral butterfly in forget-me-nots
The Butterfly.

The forget-me-nots were a happening place this afternoon, flower stems waving with the weight of various bees and other insects. And butterflies were out in force in the garden this afternoon.

But this Red Admiral was special. Why else would a black and orange and cream butterfly be fluttering among the forget-me-nots, skipping just a few flowers ahead of me, happily flitting from one place to another?

tortoiseshell cat in forget me nots
My Little Butterfly.

Cookie loved the forget-me-nots. It’s where I remember her best in all the years in this house. Butterflies also indicate a visit from the spirit world. And a butterfly in Cookie’s colors fluttering about in the forget-me-nots, when I just happened to be walking out to the compost bin (yes, with my camera) is too much of a coincidence.

I know I’ve written quite a bit about Cookie lately, but it’s not because I’m trying to remember her. You’d be hearing just as much about her if she was still alive, she was just that present in my life every day. And in many ways, she still is and always will be. But especially in the forget-me-nots.


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10 thoughts on “The Butterfly

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  • I’ m not sure how I missed this! What a lovely way for Cookie to let you know she’s never far from you.

    • Ingrid, so much passes along in social networking that it’s easy to miss. I’m glad you had the chance to read this; those first little visits are so very special to me.

  • So beautiful, Bernadette!. I’m sure Cookie was letting you know she’s always watching over you.

    • Chris, the little visits come in the quietest, most unexpected moments.

  • lemniscate47

    What a lovely Cookie moment for you, Bernadette!!
    When things like that happen to me, I feel I must be, to some measure, ‘in Tune with The Universe’ n that I’m being given a chugg n a squeeze on the shoulder n an ‘All’s Well’, a ‘We’re Here’ ‘We’re All around You’
    a ‘We understand that it hurts n We know that you’re doing the Best you can’ from The Powers that Be.. n past Lovelies.
    Magical Moments like these feel like someone has held your poor wounded heart in gentle warming hands.. n for the rest of the day you have a reassured n comforted smile.. in your heart n on your face. xxx

    • Annie, I keep going to look at the photo, and it makes me smile more each time.

  • Maybe that butterfly was a message to you – like the bunnies in my backyard last year were a message to me!


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