Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Shine On Mighty Caterpillar

We have butterflies! Well, one butterfly so far. The monarch chrysallis hatched. We didn't even see the chrysallis turn from its jeweled green to the pre-hatch blackish-grey. When we got up for school Monday morning the butterfly had arrived. wish I could have gotten a better picture, but we wanted the boys, Collin and Ethan, to set him free and I left for school before they woke up. Don't you just love the polka-dots?

Ethan visited for a couple days this past weekend before flying out of Orlando on a big adventure to Alaska with his daddy, David. How cool is that? The last time Collin and Ethan cultivated caterpillars, when the boys were maybe 3, Collin named his Spike and for many months after the chrysallis hatched and the butterfly was freed, the boys chased any Monarch they saw calling, "Spike, Spike, come back, come back!" We didn't name this butterfly, but we marveled over it just the same.

What a gorgeous and powerful creature, the caterpillar. It reminds me of the Marianne Williamson quote from Aleekah and the Bee which Collin and I watched last night:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our
deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It's not just in some of us; it's in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.

Who are we not to shine? I'll be thinking about that one for a long time, especially as Collin and I go into summer together and I shift into a different teacher assignment for next year.

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