The Butterfly Effect October 13, 2008
My husband recently gave me an article on butterflies, mind you, this is not a science kind of guy. So his efforts to relocate an article he had enjoyed about a butterfly and wanted to share with me, did not go unnoticed.
And as might be expected, it was not a scientific article, but rather an excellent commentary about a journalist’s encounter with a butterfly in Washington D.C. and how it changed his perspective on life. No small work for one butterfly.
Donald Southerland writes of a Red Admiral landing on his shirt collar in our nation’s capital and giving him the ride of his life. Imagine a stressed-out journalist immersed in the life of a butterfly, learning what it would need to eat, factoids about its life history and even arranging a meeting with the curator of lepidoptera at the Smithsonian Institute.
One butterfly- and the story has reached hundreds of thousands via the Washington Post and later picked up by The Week magazine. Southerland’s friends suggested it was a re-incarnation of someone who had passed, and perhaps, it was coming back to tell him to slow down and enjoy life. Sometimes I need butterflies to tell me that too.
Spark bird- in birding it is the term for the bird that really captured your imagination and makes one want to learn more about birds. I like to use the analogy of a spark butterfly in my programs. People, especially kids need spark butterflies. Butterflies are a colorful entry to the world of nature, and we will only spend dollars to conserve and preserve our natural places when enough people value nature. Thanks to Donald Sutherland for sharing his spark butterfly with the world.
Go here if you would like to read the original article from the Washington Post.