Metamorphosis: “A change of the form or nature of a thing or person into a completely different one, by natural or supernatural means.” For the past few days we have noticed a swallowtail caterpillar crawling up our dill plant towards the umbel blossom. Today it is frozen in one position on the stem, and it has changed from its familiar caterpillar state into a pupa right out there in the open, on the stem for all to see. Something mysterious is going on inside. Like the pupa, COVID19 has frozen us, stopped us in our tracks, all our future plans are no longer relevant. We too are in the process of becoming a new creation, charting a new course through uncharted waters.
A little later in the day as we began the cleaning of the cottage, our new work place, we watched a swallowtail butterfly fly so freely as it visited several blossoms on the nearby butterfly bush. We acknowledge a new sense of hope welling up inside us as we watch it and then go inside to start the scrubbing.