The weather these last few days has not been good for flying. It is has been rainy and much too cold to let my little friends go. Most have been waiting in a cool, dark box since Thursday. The darkness helps to keep them quiet and calm. Keeping them chilly helps to make them sleepy and slows down their metabolism so they conserve their energy for the long flight. Most of all, I just want to keep their stress level low. Come on sunshine...we need your warmth!
I had a very cool, kind of "full circle" moment the other day. It turns out that one of my little patients goes to Warren Elementary across the street, where Steve and I rebuilt the Butterfly Garden. This child had noticed the butterflies with the tags on them and had actually talked to his parents about it. Somehow, circumstances evolve and sometime later, this very child becomes my patient. It is amazing how small this world can be and how interconnected we all are. To think that I had touched his life in some small way without even knowing it just amazes me! I cannot wait until he feels better and can stop by on his way home from school to tag and release butterflies with me!
As I packed up some of my butterfly raising gear today (I still have larvae!), I was thinking of all the incredible experiences that I have had this Monarch season. I have been so blessed to have met such great people and to have had so much success. It has been a ton of work and sacrifice, but man, I am so grateful to have found this wonderful, simple purpose in helping Monarchs. I never could have guessed that helping these beautiful creatures would have made my like so rich!