Today I noticed:
1. A new chrysalis. Yesterday when I checked on the progress of pupa A, I noticed all the other caterpillars that had been on the bush the day before were gone. I looked around the bush and on the ground to no avail. Then I noticed that there was one caterpillar hanging on the wall. I tried to move him to the bush thinking he'd like that better. He was stuck by the tiniest of black sticky spots. He sort of curled himself into the letter "j," looking like he was settling in for a long winter's nap. This morning, there it was. A tiny green chrysalis. I can't believe how fast it happened. It looks like a thimble with a top on it.
I also noticed that it is a lighter green than the first one. I wonder if it gets darker with age. Both have a line of gold where the thimble top meets the bottom, as if adorned for the afterlife like a pharoh's sarcophagus.
Here's the bad news. The temperature is supposed to drop below freezing tonight. Do you think I should let Mother Nature take care of things, maybe those little cocoons are nice and warm? Or should I tape a sheet around the bush as protection against the chill?
|Mary the Fair Hartmeyer|
My almost 62 year old self wants to sit beside the picture taking hassock and soak up the nearness of her. I want to look into her green eyes and talk to her. Holding her little hand in mine I'd say:
"I hope you know how pretty you are, how wise, how good. I know.
You are here for a reason. Trust your heart. Hold on to your dreams.
Believe in yourself when you think no one else cares.
Kindness and love are your special gifts. Always share them with others.
I'm sorry you were scared. I'm sorry you felt abandoned. I'm sorry for all the tears you've cried. I'm here now. We're going to be okay. Come with me. Don't you worry about a thing."
There is something magical about today noticings. The little green package all wrapped up awaiting the butterfly to come, and the little girl with her plaid topped socks and striped umbrella, probably on her third birthday, on her way to becoming me.