High up on my list of things to do this spring was to purchase a caterpillar-to-butterfly kit. Kylar loves anything to do with nature/animals, so this would be right up his alley and tie in with our homeschool science year on creepy crawling things.
But, my mind being where it was this spring/summer (Haiti), I didn’t actually get around to doing it. Then Kylar started reading about how to care for a butterfly and I felt even more guilty.
A few weeks ago we were going for a walk past a large field when Kylar spotted this little butterfly flying very low to the ground. It would flutter for a bit, then stop. He walked up to it, and it seemed to “know” him. It crawled onto his finger, and stayed there. He remembered all the things he had been reading about butterflies, so he was really excited about this little guy. He carried it home,
made him it’s own little L*go home,
put out cut up fruit for it to drink, and hand fed it sugar water from a Q-tip.
He was SO excited and proud of this butterfly. It was allowed to fly “freely” in his bedroom, he knew how to pick him up without damaging his wings, and delighted in seeing the butterfly gain strength after being fed.
Of course we know this story has a sad ending. Kylar had a scheduled sleepover with a friend and left butterfly in my care. I was instructed to make sure it had fresh sugar water on the Q-tip before bed and in the morning. I followed the instructions, but I never saw it again after Kylar left. For days Kylar wondered what could have happened to it until he found it dead in a closed drawer (insert sigh of relief that mom didn’t kill the butterfly! But so sad for him that he didn’t have more time with it). I’m so glad I didn’t decided to wait to take photos until later.
I love Kylar’s fascination with all things created. I love watching him grow into a young man who is exploring what it means to have his own personal relationship with the Creator.
Just really love, and really enjoy this kid.