It was a couple of months ago when I joined two friends visiting a butterfly exhibit. While I find inspiration from the life cycle of butterflies, I’ve never had the chance to have a close and focused encounter with these sensational creatures.  My two friends came prepared – they have their proper cameras with them while I have to rely on my semi-battery drained compact camera.

My heart leapt when I saw a striped butterfly. I remember one of my favourite books – “Hope for the flowers” – a book about life, about friendship, about hope. One of the main characters in the book is Stripe. I suddenly felt connected in that little butterfly world.

I chased Stripe but there’s so much restlessness. Stripe was flying endlessly and unlike other butterflies who flip their wings gracefully, Stripe was flying aimlessly. Until my camera ran out of battery, I didn’t get the chance to take a photo of Stripe. I asked my friend if she could kindly take a photo of that ‘aligagang’ (restless) butterfly.  When I got home, I emailed my friend and asked if she could email me the photo of Stripe. Unfortunately, she also failed to capture my Stripe.

You know when we like something and if for some reasons we couldn’t get what we want at that particular moment, we say, ‘Next time’ or ‘One day’ or ‘I’ll come back and have you’ – that’s what I silently told myself. One day, before the exhibit ends, I will come back for Stripe.

Few weeks had passed and time just didn’t allow me to go back to the exhibit. Until one day, I have a window for an hour to spare, I hurriedly went back to the exhibit. My Stripe was there, no longer restless. I went near Stripe and said, ‘I came back for you’. As if my Stripe has been bestowed with knighthood or damehood, Stripe posed for me like a royal – so much graciousness and elegance.

Meet my Stripe  – and try to read the book ‘Hope for the flowers’ and you’ll learn more about Stripe and Yellow (the other butterfly).

5 thoughts on “Stripe

  1. That’s a beautiful profile of Stripe…I did not have it in my Butterfly Garden in Cebu. I had other kinds like Idea Leuconae, big white & black, all native of the Philippines. Unfortunately, I could not be supplied with pupae by my former supplier coz they also need butterflies for weddings. Poor butterflies! they will certainly die soon after they are released, for they have no more homes of their own.
    I like your Stripe…

  2. Glad you were finally able to capture your “aligagang paruparo.”
    Thanks for the lovely post, the equally lovely photo and for reminding me of “Hope for the Flowers.”

  3. Thank you for the lovely post AND for introducing me to Stripe! I am so glad he did not disappoint you on your return!! I hope to follow your lead and head back for another entry into the butterfly world ;-))

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