Fall leaves outside of Waynesville, North Carolina

I took this a couple of weeks ago. Most of the leaves are gone this week, driven down to the ground by wind, rain and snow.

Last week, I saw a Swallowtail butterfly stopping off for a drink at my butterfly bush. A few minutes later, another one of these lovely creatures appeared.

Fluttering by – the leaves and the butterflies…on their way to the end of their lives. And not minding at all.

People mind the thought of their lives ending. We think we should be entitled to live forever as we gather more and more things, find fabulous clothes to show off our bodies, and compete for which set of toenails has the best nail art. Oh, forgive me. I forgot tattoos.

I’m glad I don’t have tattoos, because I don’t want to look at my wrinkled skin when I’m old and see crinkly tattoos. But it’s perfectly all right for others to have them. I really don’t care much what others do. And I’m not worried about the end of my life. I’m too busy trying to do the next right thing in my own life for today. That’s a job, all right.

People flutter by in our lives as well. My friend from high school and I went to see the leaves together last week. We hadn’t spent any time together in more than forty years. We had a nice trip, stopping off at the old general store (of course I had to buy some of my favorite old-time candies). The rainbow trout I had for dinner both nights was delicious. My only regret was that I didn’t have my fishing rod with me! Now my friend has fluttered back to California, and I am still here in South Carolina with my two constants – Annie and Bootsie, my rescued kitties.

I just celebrated my 64th birthday. What a lot of living I’ve done. And what a lot of living I still have to do. I wish you well, my readers. Have a blessed day!



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10 responses to “Flutter

  1. pgmanager1432

    Beautiful Ellie! A simplistic approach to life is almost a lost art form in our society! Thank you for reminding us to “flutter!” Also, happy birthday!!!

  2. Shirley

    Happy Birthday Ellie. I loved this writing. I hope your BD Card gets
    to you. But yu know we wish you all the flutters daily. Love Shirley & Art

  3. Love this! Thank you for finding me. 🙂

  4. Happy belated-birthday!
    What beautiful words you write! They’ve touched my soul and made me reflect about life. No matter what age, we shouldn’t take a day for granted. 🙂

  5. Belated Birthday Wishes! I too see life fluttering by and I embrace each new day. I spent 30 years living near Waynesville, NC and taught school in nearby Canton. Lovely area, especially in the fall.

  6. liveyourchance

    Thank you for this post…..I found hope in between the lines… I honor you for that

  7. Your use of “flutter” is wonderful, especially about people in our lives fluttering by. Thanks for the reminder.

  8. shayrisms

    Like It,So Nice………

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