Paula is the host of Thursday Inspiration
This week’s theme is butterfly and the picture is below. Here is the song snippet from “Elusive Butterfly,” a 1966 song by Bob Lind.
Don’t be concerned, it will not harm you
It’s only me pursuing somethin’ I’m not sure of
Across my dreams with nets of wonder
I chase the bright elusive butterfly of love
The butterfly fluttered from flower to flower, closely followed by little feet. Shirley wanted to catch it just once. To see what those gossamer wings were made off. Why the colors shimmered in the sunlight. If she could hold it in her hands she would be so happy.
Her mom was looking at her efforts from the park bench. She was sure that with the natural agility of the butterfly, her daughter won’t be able to harm it. But just then she heard Shirley’s triumphant cry. She held the butterfly between her two chubby fingers.
“Oh no baby, you shouldn’t have done this. Now its wings will be damaged and it won’t be able to fly!”
“But I want it! It’s so pretty” Shirley said petulantly.
Her mom gently pried her fingers open and thankfully the butterfly flitted away. She sat her daughter down and explained the idea of letting all living things live in their own way and to be respectful of their rights too.
This prompt took me back to my own childhood when I wanted to keep the colorful butterfly for myself. I was also gently told that these beautiful creatures are to be seen and admired from a distance and that we couldn’t own them.