Point and Counterpoint # 02 – Sizzle & Eger
Review of: The Magic of Butterflies by Jim Bates
Sizzle: Jim Bates creates a lovely and vivid story of a woman who has died and is allowed to return to her husband Andy in the form of a butterfly. Now as beautiful as butterflies are, I think I would have chosen to come back as something a little sturdier, but that’s me. Perhaps as a cat complete with nine extra lives, but that wouldn’t have made an enchanting fantasy as beautiful as the moment Andy realizes that his Annie has returned to him, in the form of a unique butterfly.
Butterflies are fragile, as life is. They are also short-lived, which we as humans are also, in the grand scheme of things. The author’s descriptions of the different kinds of butterflies and his variety of flowers in his garden sear into my mind a warm summer day filled with beauty, warmth, light, colors, and flight.
That the husband is taken in a heart attack after his love leaves him again is no surprise because the garden is for her. Once she is gone, he has nothing. I loved this story, and I think I should like to have a glass of iced tea with herbs from my garden and reflect on the magic of this tender story.
Eger: Like the moment Annie knew she was leaving her earthly world for a more ethereal one, I knew in an instant I had a connection to this story—because the butterfly happens to be my totem. When I first learned the butterfly was to be my totem, I was disappointed that it wasn’t something stronger, something like an eagle, a wolf, or a bear. Then I learned that a butterfly was all about transformation, and that seemed like a good fit for what I was going through in my life at the time. Being strong is important but so is the ability to change. Maybe, being able to change and adapt is the strongest thing a person can do. So when Annie chose butterfly, I was excited to see where her journey would take her.
Annie had to leave Earth, and I agree that her husband, Andy, was sad but what it says to me that Sizzle doesn’t mention is that even though we might have just a short time, it’s up to us to make the most of every moment we have with those we love. We don’t always remember the big, long, drawn-out events—we remember snippets of time, single snapshots. All Annie and Andy have is a snippet of time alone together in the garden but everything they dream about and lend their aspirations to (in earthly or ethereal ways) brings them to that most exceptional moment. It doesn’t get much more special than that.
If I had a magic wand and could grant wishes as the fairy godmother did, I would grant this story five magic wishes and a whole flutter of butterfly kisses.
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