The Gift From the Monarch Butterfly: Here’s Why

Yesterday was the Fourth of July, and in the US we celebrated America’s Birthday.  I wrote a post about it:  Happy Fourth of July From the Chicago Files!

In my post, I mentioned that not only would there be lots of fireworks displays, but that I always think about my grandma, as she was born on the Fourth of July (so the fireworks are for her too, especially since her parents were American)!

Today I was walking down my street and I saw a butterfly land on a tree branch.  As I fumbled in my bag for my phone to take a photo, instantly I thought, “Gram!” This is a little hello from her.  You see, my grandmother absolutely loved Monarch butterflies.  I have not seen a single Monarch butterfly all summer; but here it was, as gentle and delicate as they come, waiting for me to snap a photo.

I took five photos; just as I went to put my phone back into my bag, the butterfly ‘fluttered’ away.

I don’t think there could have been a bigger grin sweep across my face than the one I had when I saw this beautiful creature on the tree.  I made sure to say, “Thank you!” because I would like to believe that it was a “God-wink from Gram”; no, I’d like to change that.  I KNOW it was from Gram!

I hope you are having a lovely, gratitude-filled day!


  22 comments for “The Gift From the Monarch Butterfly: Here’s Why

  1. Annie Van Es
    July 5, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    It was a wonderful meeting for you with this Monarch butterfly. What is this a beautiful one. I like your story. A nice evening.

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    • July 5, 2018 at 2:21 pm

      Thank you so much, Annie! Yes, I am so grateful to have seen the butterfly today! Have a nice evening too; thank you! Cher xo


  2. The Militant Negro
    July 5, 2018 at 12:20 pm

    Reblogged this on The Militant Negro™.

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    • July 5, 2018 at 2:22 pm

      Thank you so much, my dear friend!! Cher xo


  3. July 5, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Wow. Beautiful!

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  4. July 5, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Yes, a gorgeous photo, Cher. Lovely writing too! Have a wonderful day and weekend! 😃 ❤

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    • July 5, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      Ah, thank you so much, Iris! I really appreciate your wonderful comments! Thank you, and I hope you do as well! Cher xo 🙂 ❤

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  5. July 5, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    I too love Butterflies, saw the first Monarch of the season just today, Thanks Cher what a wonderful tidbit you’ve added to my day

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    • July 5, 2018 at 9:01 pm

      Ah, me too! Did you? Well that is lovely to hear! Thank you so much!! Cher xo

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  6. July 6, 2018 at 4:00 pm

    My, that is very touching and brought a smile to my face.

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  7. July 6, 2018 at 7:12 pm

    Nothing like an amazing monarch butterfly to brighten our days… Still waiting to spot our first here in central Maine. The milkweeds are waiting…

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    • July 6, 2018 at 7:23 pm

      Hi Bette and welcome to The Chicago Files! Aren’t they the most lovely creatures? Ah, and once they do arrive, seeing them among the milkweeds will be such a treasure, won’t it? Thank you, Bette!! Cher xo

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      • July 6, 2018 at 8:03 pm

        Hi, Cher. So glad we’ve connected! May treasures abound for all of us–can’t wait for those glorious winged beauties to land. ❤ xo


      • July 6, 2018 at 9:18 pm

        Hi Bette. Likewise! Ah, that is so true, isn’t it? I post a lot of sunrise photos, and each one is a gift that is different from the previous ‘sky show’. Oh, it will be wonderful when they return, won’t it, Bette? Cher xo

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  8. July 6, 2018 at 9:29 pm

    So lovely Cher! A wonderful wink!

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  9. Denise Williams
    July 8, 2018 at 6:53 am

    Good northern morning Cher:
    Whenever I see a butterfly it reminds me of my friend, Marilyn, who is also in Heaven, as she too loved the winged creatures. As with the butterflies, each time I see a ladybug I think of my friend, Jackie, who too is partying in the clouds, as these were her flutterers of choice. Enjoy the day! (((hugHUG)))s

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    • July 9, 2018 at 7:32 am

      Bonjour, Maman Williams! Ah, bless; it is so wonderful when we can see these little “God Winks”, isn’t it? I love how you describe this! Merci beaucoup! Hugs, Cher xo


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