Rob and I took a week off and headed to the Florida Keys with our daughter Megan and her friend, Shanna, and with my sister, Mary, and our two dogs – Nika and Noah. We stayed in a beautiful house on a bay, the same place where we had vacationed the day after we started this blog and began documenting our synchronicities.
Not surprisingly, we had an intriguing synchro the night Megan and Shanna arrived.
In addition to the numerous books on the shelves in this house are photos and other items that hold personal significance to the owners. One of these items is a gorgeous butterfly encased in glass. When I commented on it, wondering aloud what sort of butterfly it was, Shanna said, “Oh wow, synchronicity.”
She then showed me her earrings and a necklace that depicted a butterfly that bore an uncanny resemblance to the one within the glass.
In esoteric traditions, butterflies are usually associated with metamorphosis and transformation, from one shape to another, ugly caterpillar to gorgeous butterfly. The lifespan of a butterfly differs from one species to another, but is usually about a month, a handy timing device for us humans. So where will Shanna and the rest of us be in a month?
Megan just finished her internship with Disney and is about to launch a dog walking business. Shanna is returning to college. Rob and I are heading into new directions with our writing. Mary is casting around for ways to branch out in her line of work. Nika is going to live with Megan and Noah will be the only dog again.
That odd little synchro set the stage for our vacation in the keys. We even walked to the famous ceiba tree we had visited in 2009. Each of us left our wishes with the tree, written on scraps of paper that we tucked into the folds of its massive roots. Then we walked back into Old Town Key West, through the sultry and really hot evening air, to watch the sunset performances on the Mallory Square pier.
No doubt about it. If you can get past the initial tourist tackiness of Key West, there’s plenty of butterfly magic here. So, we’ll see. One month. Stay tuned…