“Do you know," Peter asked, "why swallows build in the eaves of houses? It is to listen to the stories.” ~ J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan

9.15.2009

A Butterfly Changes My Mind

Fear and loathing at the vet's office.

I was going to talk about the trip to the vet's this morning,
but then a red butterfly flew in front of my car
while returning from lunch
and
I changed my mind.

I remembered the real reason I took this image,
and it had nothing to do with fear or loathing,
although poor Maggie definitely felt both;
I really took it
because when I leaned down to comfort her
I was enchanted
by the light peeping through the sides of her carrier
and I was reminded of a cathedral.
Isn't that funny & wonderful & magical?
And do you think the designers knew that?
That one day in the distant future
there would be a scared cat
and a not-quite-as-scared woman
waiting in the office of a kind veterinarian,
and that the view from inside the cat carrier
would comfort the woman,
though not the cat?

UPDATE via Liz: Take 2.
. . . would comfort the woman,
and therefore the cat?

Yes. Better.
i hope so

15 comments:

  1. If only poor Maggie could "see the light" .... and yes it does look a bit like a cathedral. Funny how the right light can make so many ordinary things look extraordinary.

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  2. Lori - It's all in how we look at things; there is always a gift - we just have to find it.

    :) Debi

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  3. Ah, but don't you think that if the woman was comforted, her energy would shift and be picked up by the cat and they would both feel better?

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  4. no deep thoughts or cute saying for me today. Just a "grin". You have a "nose" for the "eye", thnx, glenn

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  5. Liz - Yes. :)

    Glenn - Another :) for you.

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  6. That is a cool photo ...
    You were supposed to talk to kitty and calm her down ..
    I use feliway spray ...

    So, what color was that flutter bye ...

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  7. the art we see is everywhere...in the cathedral on the way to the vets`
    perfect!

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  8. JC - Very very red.

    elk - Yes. I see art everywhere. :)

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  9. i have read your last few posts and wish so much to leave a profound comment about how much your words have touched me..i feel that something in the air, i see art everywhere, too...but all that comes to mind right now is...thank you. so much.

    xo, Graciel

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  10. Wow. That's not nearly enough, but is exactly what I'm thinking. Thanks so much for encouraging me to blog!!!!

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  11. I love the blog you told me about. I'm going to participate in the auction. I'm going to make a skull. You should make something, too. Thanks!

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  12. yes it IS magical light and i love that you saw it that way and shared it with us. thank you
    and i like your second ending better.: )

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  13. Just like you to see such magical things in something seemingly ordinary.
    I get a sense that things are ok..with you...with Maggie. I'm glad. I had hoped to return here and find all is well...and I am catching hints of new things happening too! A wedding?!?! I must leave a bookmark right here, and go back..waaaaaaayyyy back.

    See you soon.
    :)
    A red butterfly? I have never seen a red one! But a sweet little grasshopper landed on my shirt and caught a ride up the mountain with me today. ;)

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  14. I love the way you see. I love that my time with you is beginning to teach me to see a little more as you do. The first thing I thought when I saw this post was, oh that light! Then I had to look close to see what caused it.

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