We read it nearly every night and he puts his little fingers in the holes and waits with a little smile that turns into a grin when we get to the page with the chocolate cake, ice cream cone and pickle. Some nights he sleeps with the book. So we decided on an early September day that waffled between rain and sun to take him to the Devonian Gardens to the Butterfly House. I had been there before so I don’t know why it seemed so magical this time. But it did.
The flowers were more exotic.
The textures more fascinating.
And, of course, the butterflies more beautiful.
I don’t know, maybe it was just the joy of seeing it through my son’s eyes that made everything seem a little more luminous. Or maybe gardening is heightening my awareness of the world around me.
Either way, it was one of the most enjoyable family outings so far.
Beautiful and graceful, varied and enchanting, small but approachable, butterflies lead you to the sunny side of life. And everyone deserves a little sunshine. ~Jeffrey Glassberg
PS. If anyone knows what any of the butterflies or exotic plants are, I would love to hear from you.
PPS. I will share some photos of the gardens in upcoming posts.