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An amazing visit (check out the photo, post, and video) at Jennie Fitzkie’s place… Afterward, check out this link to find out how to tell a male from a female monarch butterfly! ~ Bette A. Stevens, author and monarch butterfly advocate

Monarch butterfly and milkweed plant from Bette’s garden in Maine.

A Teacher's Reflections

A monarch butterfly visited our flowers.  S/he was determined to stay, in spite of excited children and adults reaching out to touch.  This butterfly is endangered, so the visit was very special.

I always give the children I teach roots- the foundation to become strong and happy.  That comes naturally for the teacher in me.  Wings are the final journey, after roots have become secure and sturdy.  The monarch was showing me the power of wings.

This monarch butterfly stayed for a very long time.  I knew there was a reason and a message:

Jennie, never forget how important roots are.  The more you give to children, their wings can grow.

Yes.  I thanked the monarch butterfly.  What a gift!

Jennie

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  1. Roots and wings. We need both to learn and grow and love. Beautiful post!

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  5. I like the reason and the message of the Monarch!

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  6. Fantastic, Bette – they are so beautiful!

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  7. Beautiful monarch butterflies! Thanks for sharing 🙂🙂

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  9. Hi,
    Wings are important! That will stay with me because they are. If you want to fly in anything in life, you must develop wings.
    Shalom aleichem

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  10. Planted milkweed just recently to try and help these poor little guys out. I adore monarchs as well.

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  11. Excellent Bette. Thanks for sharing this lovely post

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  12. I had no idea how to tell the difference from the male and the female. I know now.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend, Bette. Big hug. ♥

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  13. I am amazed it stuck around despite the noise and activity. How lovely for everyone.

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  14. Great share, Bette! 💕🙂

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  15. Great share, Bette. I’m heading over to read the rest. 🙂

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  16. What a lovely share for the beautiful Monarch butterflies! 🧡 💛 💚

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  17. Thank you, Bette!

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  18. Thank you for sharing!!.. you teach the children well, “The teacher who is indeed wise does not bid you to enter the house of his wisdom but rather leads you to the threshold of your mind.” ( Kahlil Gibran )… 🙂
    Not only roots to call home and wings to explore and go on adventures, but the determination to live life no matter the challenges life puts before the butterfly… perhaps the butterfly’s visit were to remind you not to give up… 🙂

    Hope all is well in your part of the world and until we meet again..
    May love and laughter light your days,
    and warm your heart and home.
    May good and faithful friends be yours,
    wherever you may roam.
    May peace and plenty bless your world
    with joy that long endures.
    May all life’s passing seasons
    bring the best to you and yours!
    (Irish Saying)

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  19. Wonderful Bette

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  20. Beautiful, Bette. Thanks for sharing!❤️

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  21. Bette, I like the lesson on roots and wings, which nature constantly teaches us. Thank you!

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  22. From childhood, I have had a special place in my heart for monarchs.

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    • Same here, Liz. Thanks for sharing your experience and for your support. I grew up in California and caught butterflies and released them… Monarchs were my favorites and remain so! ❤ xo

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      • You’re most welcome, Bette! My first memories of monarchs are when we lived on Martha’s Vinyard. My mother was very excited to show them to me and tell me all about them. (The same with chickadees.)

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