Thursday, September 11, 2008

A mother's view

Today from my bedroom window I observed a butterfly land on one of my pink zinnias. Knowing Colton was somewhere in the backyard, I wondered if he too had noticed this rarity of nature's moments. Within minutes, Colton quickly stepped into the view of my window pane and approached the resting butterfly with his arm extended and finger pointed out--not to touch the butterfly, but as an offering for a place it could perch. For, one of Colton's greatest of life's wishes is to have a butterfly land on his finger. Unfortunately, disturbed by the movement the butterfly ignored Colton's innocent offer and flittered to another nearby flower. Determined, Colton followed, inching even closer and extending his hand with pure hope yet uncertainty written across his precious face. Again the butterfly was disturbed, and this time fluttered around in the air in front of Colton. All the while Colton followed with his arm and finger pointing out before him. Colton watched as the butterfly fluttered too far out of reach and, dejected, he dropped his arm. He stood there as the butterfly flew over the garden fence and out of sight. Then, he hung his head in sadness and walked out of my view from the window. As a mother, feeling as heartbroken as Colton looked, I couldn't help the tears that brimmed my eyes. If only I could control anything, including nature, and allow for a butterfly to rest on my son's little finger, just so I could see the joy on his sweet face.
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3 comments:

Melody and Nathan Pellegrin said...

What a sweet story, with such a universal theme. Sometimes we desire something so badly in life, and it almost seem just outside our grasp and if only we could just reach out and grab it somehow it would be ours. But would that stretch to obtain it when it is not our to yet possess destroy the beauty of waiting? And some tings are so fragile in life and so fleeting. If only they would stick around little longer...

Jamie said...

You HAVE to buy a butterfly kit for Colton! Katelyn loved to watch the worms make a cocoon and become a butterfly! Then they will sit on your finger for about a day after they come out of their cocoon, before they figure out how to fly! It was so fun to watch Katelyn...I bought the kit for $15 at Target

Serinster dot net said...

wow that really hit me with some tears just now. i was reading and thinking of how heavenly father must feel about us. he's just watching us from a window, seeing us reach for joy and yearning for happiness. and how badly he just wants to see us happy! possibly that is what drives miracles...so that God can see his children happy. just as you want to break the laws of nature to make that butterfly land on colton's finger, God actually CAN break the laws and perform his miracles. I can see now how having children truely is a step toward becoming more like God. what a sweet story! thanks.

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