Standing in the serenity of our tropical atrium with butterflies floating all around you makes you stop, breathe, and brings a sense of relaxation that is indescribable. Truly, a feeling of peace settles upon you. Like a monk on a mountaintop, your mind goes to calming memories; mine are of my mother. She used to sing to me every night – “You are my Sunshine” and “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” – her melodic voice filling the room while I, on my mountain of stuffed animals, would contentedly rest on her shoulder, anticipating every note. When I was little, she would hold my hand at the doctor’s office, read me stories whenever she could, and put giant ridiculous bows in my hair (hey, it was the 80s!) There weren’t cell phones, so quality time was ALL the time – and I couldn’t get enough of her smiles and attention. To this day, she’s my guide, my mentor, and my role model. I am lucky to say that she’s also my best friend.
The butterflies always remind me of her, because of their vibrant colors and their graceful ways. They seem so fleeting, yet they are always around. We are lucky in Houston to have them almost year round.
When you come to Adopt a Butterfly this Saturday and hold that delicate life in your hand – you are a mother or a father. You are bringing that beautiful butterfly to its new home and giving it a wonderful life. You also are contributing to the continuation of butterflies in the center. You should bring your Mom, too. I bet those little delicate butterflies remind her of you – and memories of the past and those yet to come.
Adopt a Butterfly will be held this Saturday from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Crafts, face painting, and of course, butterflies, will be there waiting for you.