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Thursday, June 14, 2007 

I wrangled Butterflies today

Originally uploaded by j_jyarbrough
I had no idea that they can be shipped overnight inside coolers secured in see through envelopes, either alone or with a travel buddy. Hundreds. Chilled. Awaiting re-birth in the warmth of the sun.

Opening up the packages...watching them start wriggling their bodies...soaking up the sun slowly unfurling their wings and flitting away, hesitantly, often coming right back like an insect boomerang to gently land on my nose, shirt or head, was truly magical.

Apparently we almost missed getting the butterflies shipped. Something about the Homeland Security department having a problem with them.

Who knew?


When I worked at the Post Office I saw many butterflies in the mail. I was always surprised they required postage, because... "Butterflies are free."

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