It’s always a bit sad when beloved houseguests leave. Time flies as you enjoy one another’s company and then, before you know it, they’re gone, and their parting makes the house seem even emptier than it was before their arrival.
A butterfly that stayed with us since it was discovered in late winter by my grandson was let outside today in the warm spring sunshine. Before it left, it unfurled its proboscis to offer a parting kiss. Well, at least it seemed that way.
Butterflies don’t have mouths. Instead they have a proboscis that they keep coiled until they find something edible. Then they unfurl it and sink the end of their proboscis into nectar or whatever else they might consider worthwhile consuming.
Butterflies taste with their feet. Perhaps this one thought there was something worth checking out further on my hand.
Moments later, the butterfly had taken flight and was on its way. Hopefully it will find a mate soon. I’ll miss hearing it flutter in the terrarium on sunny days, but will look forward to seeing more of its kind outdoors in the summer months ahead.
All the precious time,
Like the wind the years go by.
Precious butterfly, spread your wings and fly.
~ Bob Carlisle, Butterfly Kisses