What’s The Story: Butterflies

Jess McGlynnSeptember 16, 2013

It’s funny, the things that stick in people’s minds.  Especially the minds of children.  Meg can’t remember the simplest detail and yet she can tell you all about what we had for dinner three years ago in some obscure restaurant we visited only once!

One of the amazing things she can recall is our trip to the Butterfly Farm in Stratford last year.  Now, I will hold my hands up and say that this might be ever so slightly linked to the fact that I traumatised her by yelling to keep still when a butterfly landed on her neck.  Naturally she didn’t, she reacted by pushing her shoulder into her neck and the butterfly sadly met it’s end.

Prior to that occurrence, however, we’d had a great time and Meg had loved experiencing the butterflies landing on her.  It was difficult to keep moving as she wanted to stand for as long as possible to stop the butterflies from fluttering off.  For a clumsy ‘just turned 3’ year old she did incredibly well at not thundering through the place scaring butterflies left right and centre!

She looks nervous in this picture but she’s really not, she was just going through a ‘doesn’t know how to relax and smile’ phase.  I don’t know why it’s one of my favourites, I think because of the clarity of Meg and the butterfly, they really stand out in the picture.

If it wasn’t so far away, I think it would definitely be somewhere we visited more often.  Weirdly, it’s quite relaxing having them land on you!

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