Saturday, May 19, 2012

Flower: Swan Plant flower

This can be a story of the life cycle of the butterfly. But this is beyond this. In two days time, Patrick Martin would have been celebrating his 10th birthday. He should probably be playing in Junior rugby or rugby league. His mum Louise would be busy preparing for his birthday party. But there is none of these going to happen. Louise's heart is heavy and she knows she is dreading the day.

I wasn't here when this happened. It was a stroke of unusual circumstance that Louise and I became friends. We were at a workshop and she invited me to sit beside her. I introduced myself as a bereaved mum, and Louise touched my arm. She whispered, I am too. It was as if that touch and soft words were magical. We became friends.

On Friday, I was sitting outside the clump of swan plants teaching some students. A Monarch butterfly landed on my shoulder. I taught my kids with this song Butterfly, my butterfly, wait for me don't fly away, I told the students, it is natural for the butterflies to fly away when they are ready.

But in the case of Patrick, it was far from being natural. I looked up the archives, It was a very tragic case.


Ginny Hartzler said...

I have never heard of the Swanflower, they are beautiful and delicate. And your butterfly pictures, they are so good, it is like he is just hanging in the air posing for you. Poor Patrick,even poorer mom. But she is lucky to have met you now.

Unknown said...

i have seen this flower here but didn't know its name until now. it's heart-breaking when a child dies. your post made me sad.

your question on Sino-Filipino realtionship--if it's about the dispute about territorial waters, i believe that China is bullying the Philippines. i hope it can be resolved in an international court to put an end to it once and for all.

Linda said...

Beautiful flowers! The story about Patrick makes me sad. I too lost a son, although he was a grown man...the pain lessens, as you know, but never leaves us entirely. Blessings.

Magia da Inês said...

Olá, amiga!
Maravilhosa série de fotos, com muitos detalhes... amei!!!
Boa semana!

Unknown said...

What a beautiful flower ... so graceful, like a swan. :-)

It is so sad about Patrick! Sad, as you know so well, that any child is ever lost.

Melbourne Australia Photos said...

Beautiful post, Ann. The gorgeous photos of the flowers and butterflies introduce a sad story. I hope that you and Patrick's mother can give each other courage and strength.

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