It had been such a warm day, despite the blustery wind, that I decided to brave the swimming pool.
Eeeek!! It was COLD!
I slowly hopped my way into the deeper end, trying to adjust to the cold in quick surges. Tuffy-Cat suddenly leapt out of the bushes, where she’d been hiding and snoozling. She trotted over the freshly mown lawn and came right to the edge of the pool to rub her face against mine.
Even though I promptly started to sniffle with hayfever, I really appreciated her display of affection. She likes to keep a protective eye on me when I’m in the pool. At least that’s what I tell myself.
I circled the pool, scooping out the clusters of leaves and pine needles, which the strong winds had blown into the water. Suddenly, I noticed that there was a butterfly in the water, clinging desperately onto a bundle of pine needles. I cautiously scooped up the bundle together with the butterfly and placed it on the sun-warmed paving at the edge of the pool.
I cupped my hands around the butterfly to protect it from the buffeting wind, while also trying to make sure that I didn’t block out the sun, which it needed to dry its wings. These were firmly stuck together. The poor creature was completely immobile, and I feared that it might be dead.
So I stood with my hands around it, giving it Reiki and visualising its wings dry and undamaged, so that it could fly again.Suddenly, its wings fluttered just a little bit, and it hopped straight onto my forefinger! I could feel its tiny legs sticking onto my finger, and saw its antennas bending down to touch my skin, and its proboscis unfurling and curling up again. There was a yellow bit right in the front near the proboscis – I have no idea what that is.
Tuffy came over, curious, as she often is when I use Reiki, and rubbed herself against my face and my hands. She lay down right next to me, waiting patiently to see what would happen.
As I was getting rather cold, I carefully climbed out of the pool, still protectively cradling the butterfly on my finger, and went to kneel next to a bunch of colourful pansies growing in the sunshine. I thought they might cheer it up or encourage it to fly over. Tuffy came to lie down right next to me, purring contentedly.
We stayed perfectly still for what seemed like 10 mins, while the sun baked down on us…. The butterfly started to twitch its wings… gradually unsticking the top ones from the lower ones…. fluttering a bit more vigorously….
And then, with a big leap of faith, it flew up and up into the big shady tree.
We had done good. 🙂