10 September 2008
Has a butterfly ever landed on you? It happened to me one warm day in Foster City, California. It must have been in 1999 or 2000. I was working for a software company in a 20-story building there called, if I remember right, Metro Center. It was your typical 1990s California office tower, in a "garden setting."
I was arriving for work and walking from the parking garage to the building at 9:00 a.m. when I saw two women I worked with sitting on a low concrete wall outdoors, chatting. I stopped to say hello and ended up sitting down with them for a few minutes, enjoying the quiet of the morning and the warm sunshine before going to spend the day at my desk in a sterile cubicle.
Then, as we talked, a yellow butterfly came and landed on the back of my hand. It must have stayed for 5 minutes, as I talked with Lis and Anna. We marveled at the fact that the butterfly was so bold and fearless. I couldn't help wondering why it landed on me. Was it enjoying our smells and the sound of our voices? It finally fluttered away. It was a memorable moment for me, however short.
Here's a man's story about a butterfly that "befriended" him in downtown Washington DC during summer 2007. It landed on his shoulder. He went into a photo shop and the butterfly stayed there while he had pictures taken. Then he went into a restaurant and the butterfly stayed on his shoulder the whole time he ate. Finally he hailed a taxi and he and the papillon rode home together. They saw each other daily for more than a month after that. Sounds like fantasy, doesn't it?
Read the whole article here.