Thursday, July 1, 2010

A Butterfly Visitor

Last night we had an unexpected visitor.

My husband, son & I were in the living room watching TV. Around 10:20 pm my husband paused the TV & asked “What is that?”. I listened carefully but could not hear anything. He got up from the couch & walked into the kitchen & over to the window. He lifted the blinds, glanced outside and said “It’s a hummingbird!”. I soon followed into the kitchen and could hear the banging on the glass window. Before I made it to the window he said “No its not a hummingbird, it's a butterfly!” Just as the words came off his lips I had made it to the window & was staring at this beautiful green exotic looking butterfly. I could not believe what I was seeing. We live in New England & have our entire lives. I in fact only grew up about 3 streets over form my current location.We have never seen any butterfly that even slightly resembled this beautiful creature. It looked as though it belonged in the tropics.

Here is the video clip I took of it fluttering outside our window. It seemed so desperate to get into our home. I regret not letting in.



I was also able to get a few pictures of the butterfly.


Now mind you, this was on the outside of our window, this was no easy task to get these!



My husband looked over at me and asked “What do you think it is trying to tell us?”. I let the question resignate with me and I do not believe I answered. My mind went to the few moments before he paused the TV. I had been sitting and thinking about Janessa. I was really missing her yesterday and had wanted to go visit her grave but had not had a chance to make it there.

I will not pretend to know what this means or if this is a sign. I do however believe it is. As some of you know we held a butterfly release for Janessa’s 1st birthday & memorial service. I wonder if this was Janessa sending me a little hello when she knew how heavy my heart was. Or maybe this is a sign from her regarding this new little baby that flutters within me. Maybe its both. Maybe she is sending me her love & letting me know things will be ok with this new little one. I am pretty sure from where she is she knows my heart & soul & how very concerned I am.


It stayed on our window for the night & when we woke in the morning it was gone.

I was able to look up a better pic of this type of butterfly.


This type, named a luna moth since it only flies at night, is also known to have one the shortest life spans. It only lives for about a week. How odd that we receive a visit from a beautiful creature who also has such a short time here.

“A butterfly lights beside us like a sunbeam, and for a brief moment its glory and beauty belong to our world. But then it flies on again, and although we wish it could have stayed, we feel so blessed to have seen it at all.”
 

14 comments:

Dawn Brown said...

That's such a beautiful thing to have happened to you! I have no doubt it was a sign...and a truly amazing one at that.

Just Breathe said...

Oh my Lord that is amazing. I have never seen anything like it. It has to be a sign. ((HUGS))

Jaime said...

What a stunning surprise!

xo

Sarita Boyette said...

Dear, that is a Luna moth and they are, indeed rare. They used to be plentiful, but not anymore. Consider yourself to be blessed with a beautiful visitor. I would like to think it was sent to comfort you as you grieve the loss of your sweet daughter.

Stacy Spuria said...

How amazing! It's uncanny how these visitors are finding you! It can't be just a coincidence!

Emily said...

Wow! I haven't seen one of these since I was a kid! What a beautiful visitor, a special visit. I pray it's comforted you!

Linda Scoble said...

How wonderful Mal!!! She's watching over you guys and your new baby.. ;)

Amanda said...

That's amazing, Mal! I like how you say you 'receive a visit from a beautiful creature who also has such a short time here.'

We have had a bird house in the backyard for 2 years since we've been in Ayer and no birds ever moved in. This year we have a whole family and you can hear the babies chirping and the parents bring food back all day long. It's great knowing we have some little babies to look out for!

Lisette said...

I would take it as a sign too, a BEAUTIFUL sign at that.
I had never seen such a thing and to come visit at night is just amazing. What a blessing.

Elizabeth said...

WOW! That is the most amazing looking butterfly I have ever seen. How wonderful for it to visit you when you were missing your little one. God Bless! *hugs*

Christy said...

that is amazing! so beautiful!

amy said...

oh my mal that just gave me the chills. I dont doubt for a second its not what you dont already know in your heart! That last pic would be an awsome one for when i write you guys another poem :)

Jaime said...

I found these sites tonight and thought of you... check out these links to purchase a framed Luna Moth, if you are interested...

http://www.butterfly-designs.com/mainpages/1_Real_Moths.htm

http://www.butterflyutopia.com/luna_moth.html

xo

Mary said...

Wow Mallory! That is such an amazing moment. Regardless of where you live, you were visited by a special visitor for sure.

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