While Eden and I were painting strawberry blossoms outside the cabin she suddenly exclaimed, "Mom! Look!" I looked up and
a Tiger Swallowtail butterfly flew by and then another right behind it! The first I've seen this year. It was so unexpected I burst into tears and told her they were God's birthday present to me. He knows that Tiger Swallowtails have special meaning to me. "Mom," she said, "I just KNEW your birthday would never let you down." 💛
I was talking with my friend about how unrecognizable my life has become relative to what it was only a short while ago, and how a combination of several small, seemingly trivial choices - sometimes even sheer happenstance - have amounted to such a major change. "The Butterfly Effect", he said. Then this happened. The first one I've seen in Washington.
Yet another reminder that sufficient time, consistent intention, and impassioned effort are all that are required for dreams to become reality. Once those three elements are working together, the Universe shuffles the details around until your dream and your life make contextual sense as they become one. Luck is the word we use to describe the Mystery in action.
I am in excellent company at @birdsofvermont museum gift shop. Can you recognize whose is whose? I don’t know their tags, but others here include Libby Davison, Jean Cannon, Carol MacDonald, Louanne Neilson, Diana Dunn, and 3-4 others.