The great Japanese haiku poet Issa (1762 -1826) wrote this butterfly haiku about his own child:
A garden butterfly;
the baby crawls, it flies...
she crawls, it flies...
Here are some photos and haiku I wrote about kids and butterflies.
Give the children nets,
release them in the open fields -
with no will to close the net -
Catch and release
careful of delicate wings-
Yesterday we met up with my blogging buddy Shelley from But Wait, There's More! at a butterfly festival. Our boys had a blast climbing a tree and running around the open fields with nets. Buddy even caught and released a monarch and a cabbage butterfly. I think Punkin's favorite parts of the day were the school bus ride from the parking garage to the festival grounds and sitting in the demo vegetable-oil-driven car. He got a kick out of loading his net with grass too. There is nothing like exploring new territory and building stronger friendships! I've been reading Shelley's haiku for a year now and it's the first time we met in person. How delightful to finally be able to say we are friends In Real Life!