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She Also Brakes for Butterflies

When world events get me down and I think there is no compassion left on earth, I remind myself of this:

There is a woman in Fresno, who, after it rains, dresses her young children (ages 3 & 5) in coats, hats and galoshes. Outside, she retrieves a bucket from her garden shed and puts two scoops of loose dirt in it. She and her children then walk around their financially-challenged neighborhood with the bucket, searching for worms washed up on the sidewalk, whom they gently pick up and place in the bucket. Her kids squeal with delight for every worm they find and they count them up as they go. They rescued 18 worms last Tuesday and 22 the day before. Other kids in the neighborhood get curious and come out of their homes and soon she is leading a brigade of children on a worm rescuing mission.


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Jan. 3rd, 2009 10:02 pm (UTC)
That sounds nice! Every time I try to sell Joanna on getting various animals she just laughs and dismisses the idea.

I think in her mind, she's already lost the house and so it would be stupid to dig in with things like chicken coops and such.

What she doesn't realize is that the huge collapse of society is on the way, and that in all likelihood she'll have this house forever because it will be too hard to take millions of houses away from people in the midst of rioting and chaos. :p

At that point, I will remind her how great it would be to have our own cow and chickens and vegetable garden!
Jan. 4th, 2009 12:52 am (UTC)
That is absolutely wonderful. I like to consider my house a bit of a sanctuary with the feeders and putting out water for the critters and shoveling off some snow so the bunnies and deer can find some grass, but her story is so touching. Thank you for sharing!
Jan. 4th, 2009 02:49 am (UTC)
Aw. This sort of makes me wish I were a frog.
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Me, too.
Jan. 4th, 2009 04:22 am (UTC)

I brake for butterflies. :/

It was actually my Myspace status the day I realized I do it.

Jan. 4th, 2009 05:34 am (UTC)
Jan. 4th, 2009 09:31 am (UTC)
Thank you. You are right: I feel my sometimes wavering hope positively stirred, having read this.
Jan. 4th, 2009 03:43 pm (UTC)
There I times when I think it's better, maybe even necessary for survival, to look at the little picture instead of the big one. This is a great little picture, thanks for sharing.
Jan. 5th, 2009 03:02 am (UTC)
I don't think it's natural for us to be aware of every tribulation on the face of the planet as it unfolds, you know? Before the advent of radio, TV and the internet, people were just aware of the calamities in their own families, villages, towns or provinces, or what they read about in newspapers or books. This global information super highway is just too much for the human psyche to bear....

Jan. 5th, 2009 07:24 am (UTC)
This lady sounds like my mother.

My mom bought cat food at the store the other day to feed the skunks and raccoons in her neighborhood. She already budgets in bird food and not only feeds the birds in her yard, but at her work too.

She likes animals more than people. :)
Jan. 9th, 2009 02:14 am (UTC)
Of butterflies and women
Tell us more stories like this, there is kindness in humanity and we need to see more of it.
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Jan. 19th, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)
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