Monday, 22 July 2013

Fly High

They are just butterflies, you can't keep them forever. How would you like it, if I locked you in your room and didn't let you out?

They need to explore the world. You need to set them free.

You don't own them. They are a living thing. Your job was to look after them until they grew up and could look after themselves. You did so well. All 10 of your caterpillars have made it into butterflies. That is amazing. It is time for them to leave you now. If you are lucky they may come back and visit you. It is time to let them go and have adventures of their own.

And so we both shed a tear. Big man for the butterflies he had cared for and me because I knew I would need to convince myself of this one day when I have to let my butterflies explore the world. Fly high little butterflies.

holding a butterfly


painted lady butterfly


butterfly on arm


butterfly release


And to both our joy, one of the butterflies did come back briefly to say thanks!

catching a butterfly

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24 comments:

afra willmore said...

gorgous!

Older Mum said...

That's a lovely post - words and pictures! Well done on growing those caterpillars into butterflies!

Shahnaz MummyBeBeautiful said...

Amazing...what a great magic moment x

splashalot said...

Great photo's lovely post xx

Suzanne Whitton said...

What a beautiful post and gorgeous pics. I thought it might be tricky to say goodbye.....time for a dog?!

Mumof2.com said...

Thanks for sharing and it's so true about our own butterflies one day(but thankfully not just yet!) x

Sarah Miles said...

Such a lovely post and a beautiful analogy xx

Louise Fairweather said...

Noooooooooo

Charly Dove said...

What a wonderful story Louise. How incredible to see 10 caterpillars turn into butterflies. Must have been tough to say goodbye. Amazing photos, especially like the close-up. Thank you for linking up with #whatsthestory

Swallow Barn said...

ahh - that's lovely!

sarah said...

ahh how lovely is that!

Jess McGlynn said...

How lovely is this post...how amazing as well to watch caterpillars grow into butterflies and then be able to set them free. Was it a kit?

Louise Fairweather said...

Yes it's the insect lore one. Not cheap but worth every penny

Victoriaaa said...

Gorgeous post!! I used to have frogsporn as a kid, i loved watching them swim around and grow legs before turning into little frogs and releasing them!

Found you through whatsthestory

WTTP - The little lady with a baby!

Louise Fairweather said...

Ah yes we had that too - they generally ate each other though!

Coombe Mill said...

Such a lovely post, well done for taking such care of them.

Mummy of Two said...

Just beautiful - your gorgeous boy did a great job looking after them!

Mary @over40andamumtoone said...

I love this post, and something close to my heart #magicmoments

Louise Fairweather said...

Thank you all for the lovely comments - we loved our butterfly garden!

Carrie L said...

Wow such a great thing to do, how long did you have to wait before they hatched out?

Louise Fairweather said...

Only a week. Took a week to grow and go into their chrysalis and then a week til they were butterflies. Really interesting.

Caroline said...

This is a lovely post. You've inspired me to do this too - can't believe I've never thought of this - after the 8 billion times I've read The Hungry Caterpillar!

blueberetmum said...

I love this! I used to watch caterpillars when I was little - this post brought a lot of good distant memories :-) x

Tori Wel said...

Oh bless them, I LOVE butterflies (post coming up later in the week!) there are so many here. I can completely understand why it was a bit sad. Thank you for linking to PoCoLo x