It feels good to be writing again. This pandemic sapped my energy and creativity. I’m glad I took some time off to work on projects around the house. It helped me to settle into this new normalcy.
Last week, we celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary, and last Saturday was my birthday. Life feels more precious now, and some days I’m overwhelmed with gratitude at the time we’ve been allowed to spend together. How treasured these days are.
Ron and I spent the day together working in the garden, planting seeds, barbecuing, and enjoying the cooler temperatures for this time of year. I even ate gluten-free chocolate cake!
Later in the evening, I watched a concert special on television with my best friend, Debby Gies, both of us on a chat-link, chattering away to each other on Messenger. We had some great laughs and a few tears over the more emotional songs.
My daughter, Amy, who lives in Florida, sent me a most precious photo-gift. She’s an avid gardener who works for a gardening center. Amy grows plants that attract the butterflies. Saving the butterflies has become her lifelong ambition.
Three monarch butterflies (all females) were born on my birthday! The number three has always held special significance to me: Past, Present, and Future… Three is also a magical number. My three wishes have been granted. The mother goddess blesses us in wonderful ways.
Did you know that like all butterflies, monarchs lay their eggs on “host plants.” These plants are the only plants their caterpillars can eat, and for monarchs, milkweed is their only host plant. (blognwf.com)
Amy grows milkweed by the bucket loads, even sharing it with her neighbors so the butterflies have a place to propagate.
In Arizona and Florida, we call it butterfly weed, but there are many kinds of milkweed. Check out the Twelve Native Milkweeds for Monarchs HERE.
This pandemic has taught me to redefine the areas in my life where I can control the outcomes. For this crisis is a wake-up call. We must take care of where we live, and who we are. We must care for the plants, animals, insects, and humans that dwell on our planet. We must learn to think as one. We are the butterflies, and our planet is the milkweed.
plant milkweed today—
save the monarch butterfly
safeguard our future
©2020 Colleen M. Chesebro