No, not the Katy Perry song. This is about butterflies.
I was preparing lunch yesterday when the girls came down. They were hanging around with the dog near the open front door when Sam caught a yellow butterfly with her hand. And when Alex said she was going out to walk the dog, Sam went with her with a butterfly net in her hand.
I felt like I was experiencing a déjà vu moment. It felt like they were little girls again going out to play. But I shook off the feeling almost immediately. When they were little girls, Alex never touched the dogs. In fact, she shooed them away. So, no, it couldn’t have been déjà vu. Perhaps, more of a moment of serenity.
By the time they got back, Sam had caught another butterfly. She was putting them in a jar when there was a commotion with the dog and, apparently, the second butterfly got away.
When and where she was able to catch another, I have no idea. But this is the suburb and the pollution is not as bad as what city folks are used to. But the air is not as sweet-smelling as it was when we first moved here a decade and a half ago either. That time, a little rain would bring on fog. Driving up Sumulong Highway in a fog required switching on the headlights even during the day. We rarely get fog anymore but the abundance of butterflies is still a good sign.
Sam later posted the photo above in her Instagram account and I asked permission to use it here. She takes beautiful photos. She always has.