I spotted a few monarchs the other day on Joe Pye Weed or Eupatorium purpureum. As I watched them drink the nectar from the flowers I thought how amazing it is that they fly all the way to Mexico. Throughout the summer, I was given a sense of hope and transformation whenever I found a butterfly gliding in the air or perched on a plant. A sense of hope for unimaginable and wondrous possibilities in the future, just like a crawling caterpillar transforming into a majestic butterfly.
The monarch butterflies begin their migration to Mexico in September, so if you happen to see one this month, wish it a safe journey. As you say goodbye, take a moment to focus on your hopes for the future and hold them close to your heart.