Monday, June 28, 2010

If you love something....set it free.

Back in May, I did a quick post to share the fact that Sugar Bear and I were excitedly awaiting the birth of some pretty amazing creatures. It was our first time ordering a Butterfly kit from Insect Lore. We were over the TOP giddy about our caterpillars, and the idea of them soon becoming beautiful butterflies. We did EVERYTHING by the book, and watched as those 5 little caterpillars grew and grew. Then...one day, they attached themselves to the top of the container and started working on their chrysalis. It was so INTRIGUING! At this point, we knew that we had about 10 days from them to do their THANG....and emerge in their new form.

THEN......

Things went to "heck in a hand basket" Memorial Day weekend, and Sugar Bear had to be shipped off to Grandma's house for the week. The instructions that came with the kit was pretty darn specific about not moving the habitat around once the caterpillars were in their chrysalis. So....they had to stay here at home. Yup....wouldn't you know it....Sugar Bear missed the most anticipated day of 2010. The emergence of her new butterfly friends. I was SO.VERY.BUMMED for my little honey. She took it like the trooper she is....(gosh I love her), and was happy to meet them as soon as she came home. Lucky for HER, and not quite as lucky for our little friends, we have had a horribly overcast/rainy/cold sort of June, so I didn't feel quite ready to set the poor wee loves out in the world. Sugar Bear had a few weeks to enjoy her little friends indoors. Finally the perfect evening presented it's self, and we decided to let our little darlings go.

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I know it isn't news that I'm a tad bit infatuated with Sugar Bear, but I have to tell you that I just fell in love with her 100 times over that night. She has the most wonderful spirit.

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She is gentle and kind......

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And completely enthralled with nature.

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Watching her hold each butterfly with such care made my heart beat to a sweet little happy rhythm.

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Animated, she'd talk to them so lovingly, and giggle at their reactions to her affections.

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They weren't just butterflies to Sugar.....they were her little babies, and she knew that setting them free was the right thing to do.......but she'd miss them terribly.


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She uttered adoring goodbyes as she placed them gently on flowers, or watched them fly away up into the trees. I never tired of learning the lessons she has to teach me. She loves without question, and accepts disappointment as part of life.

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Goodbye baby butterflies! We'll never forget you....as you brought us all the closer together.

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Marcelle said...

OMG THOSE PHOTO'S ARE AMAZING..every single one of them...the butterfly looks like I can reach out and play with it looks so real life.
You really are very talented with your camera...( am jealous )

Natacha said...

I really identify with your daughter... as a young girl (and now as an older women ;)) I too love nature and will still pick up frogs and insects...much to my son's disgust at times... your photos are beautiful ...

Kimberly said...

And such sweet lessons she's teaching us through you as well. Absolutely precious.

Donetta said...

Oh that sweet baby. I love those lessons too. There are so many many things to learn for then young ones every day. I see my two learning, growing. some lessons seem to teach the message and the kid gets the point all backward and really different than another. Each one is unique just like those butterfly's . That you captured this wonder is a treasure Corey holding tight to these memories oh you will be so grateful you have on day.

Jen said...

Amazing photos of the butterflies and Sugar Bear. I feel like I was right there with you guys.

Autumn said...

Oh how fun! I really need to get one of these for Bug next year. I love the shots of Sugar holding the butterflies, so sweet and fun.

April said...

Oh my word, this was so fun! What a wonderful sequence. Oh how I love this!

Gayle said...

What a fun project to do with your child. I'm sure Olivia and Lucas would have the same reaction. They are always playing with the bugs.

bBchronicles said...

GREAT, GREAT PHOTOS - Great close-ups! Don't don't appreciate just how beautiful they really are until you can see 'up-close-and-personal'. Love stopping by.

Kristi Vega said...

Ok wait.... my butterflies took off a million miles an hour. Did my kids torture them?!?! LOL!!!

LOVE the pics! I didnt know we were raising butterfly babies at the same time!

Gabriella is bugging me to buy more. Shes so cute, I might cave in.

Honey Mommy said...

Now I know how you did the photos in your next post! I totally need to buy a butterfly kit. My boys would LOVE it.. so cool!

Christina said...

How I love this! Our caterpillars are in their chrysalids now, and this fills me and Nadia with anticipation. I can feel Sugar's sweet spirit from here. A beautiful story, beautifully told.

HipMomma said...

WOW that close up side view is just amazing. It doesn't even look like a butterfly. Or like I'd imagine a butterfly to look. What a great experience for her.

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