Short Stories

A beautiful thing…

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So this week I witnessed something wonderful. My daughter and I saw a caterpillar crawling along the wall by the kitchen window and deduced we may have brought it in with us when we picked flowers earlier in the day. So we decided to take care of it — give it food and water and a place to live — a covered bowl with air holes into which we put leaves and water in a bottle cap.

The next day, to our amazement, the caterpillar wasn’t moving! It had crawled under a leaf and appeared dead. We were both a little sad but I decided to touch it just to make sure. Fantastic, it was still alive! Upon further investigation, it turned out it had shed its skin and its shape was slowly changing. We kept observing for a few more days, all the while doing the touch test to make sure it was still alive. Amazingly, shapes of little wings were becoming visible. It was transforming into a butterfly.

I wasn’t sure how long the entire process was supposed to take, and kept forgetting to do the research. And then TODAY we saw the butterfly! It was healthy, and beautiful. My little munchkin wanted to do the honors of releasing her into the sky and so she did. And then our little ‘foster child’ flew off ready to live the next chapter of its life. Transformations are wonderful. Nature is wonderful. Life is wonderful. There is still beauty amid the chaos you just have to know where to look. Enjoy!

*Originally published August 2015

Contents written: August 23 2014  |  Edited: August 29 2015  |  Copyright 2015 Moylom Enterprises

32 thoughts on “A beautiful thing…”

    1. Ahh, yes! I try to remind her of it often so she doesn’t forget. It’s a great memory for me too 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your experience. Happy Sunday!


  1. How simple yet wondrous pleasures can give so much joy. And good thing your daughter wanted to set the butterfly free; I reckon my niece and nephew’d rather keep it as a pet :’) Happy weekend!

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    1. Yes indeed.
      In many ways this blog is a journal.
      My memory is ‘wonky’ sometimes so it’s nice to look back at my entries. Maybe she’ll get to read them too when she’s older.

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      1. Yes, it’s a really good way especially when you have changed and to look back upon a time when you thought a certain way! I am sure she will take much joy from these entries 🙂


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