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 . 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.
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 . 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.
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.
She is gentle and kind......
And completely enthralled with nature.
Watching her hold each butterfly with such care made my heart beat to a sweet little happy rhythm.
Animated, she'd talk to them so lovingly, and giggle at their reactions to her affections.
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.
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.
Goodbye baby butterflies! We'll never forget you....as you brought us all the closer together.