Monarch

English: Photograph of a Monarch Butterfly.

English: Photograph of a Monarch Butterfly. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Her passing came as a shock to us all.  She had only been diagnosed three months before; a virulent cancer had taken her quickly.

She was known for her love of butterflies and could readily identify many that were found around her home.  Later, at her outdoor memorial, a large Monarch flitted over our heads.

Try a story in 55 words over at G-Man’s:  http://g-man-mrknowitall.blogspot.com/

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  1. What a wonderful way to be remembered ~ lovely

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  2. Very poignant Gayle. My friend’s mother loved dragonflies and at her wake one landed on my friends hand! Such a comfort! 🙂

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  3. Hi Gayle…
    Nice to see you back at The Friday Funfest.
    What a lovely little story.
    Loved your 55
    Thanks for playing, we hope to see you back next Friday, and please have a Kick Ass Week-End

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  4. Awww… this is a lovely 55 Gayle. What a lovely way to be remembered, butterflies symboliise so much.

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  5. A fitting tribute to a lost butterfly lover.

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  6. ah now that is a beautiful sign…sad at her passing though…and the cause as well…ugh…

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  7. wow..;that is so beautifully written. You ROCK the 55! Mine is here
    Have you an AWESOME WEEKEND!
    hugs
    shakira

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  8. Dear Gayle, I just read your categories that you write stories in 160 characters. I would like to invite you to join me forƧƲƝƊƛƳ ľ60 ƦЄƊƲҲ ? Hope to see you soon. hugs shakira

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    • Yes, I used to join in with “Monkey Man”. Did you ‘inherit’ the leadership of the 160s from him? I always enjoyed those. Thanks for the invitation, Shakira and the link…I think I’ll join you.

      Gayle :~)

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    • Paid a visit to your blog, Shakira…saw no 160s being linked…guess not much is going on over there…

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  9. Butterflies have so many of those meanings that bring us to enjoy them. This was a prefect example of one of those meanings. So much said in very few words … love it.

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    • Butterflies do seem to have special meaning to many people. In my case it has been dragonflies..one used to come and sit on my big toe when I would lay out by the pool…this was many years ago… I loved that.

      Glad you liked this, Izzy. xoxo

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  10. So beautiful – and comforting. One often hears of beings from the natural world appearing around a death. In the First Nations community, I heard of a pod of killer whales escorting a revered elder, who was being transported home by boat. They circled in the bay as he was carried off.

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    • Yes, there are many stories like this. I love the story you shared Sherry…amazing…all of nature is connected… This thrills my spirit.

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  11. Hi Gayle, its been a while since you posted on poets corner do you still intend to post on site, Harry.

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    • Hi Harry…sorry I went MIA there for a while. My daughter had a baby and I’ve been preoccupied and out of town for a time too..did think of you this week and reminded myself to link some of my work. Will get on it pronto. Gayle ~

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  12. No problem, daughter and baby are more important 🙂

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  13. I got goosebumps. Spirits find ways to let us know that they are watching us. What a magnificent gesture…

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  14. Yes they do. I’ve had many visits from my father…and one in particular when a CD was found in the middle of my office floor…definitely a sign from my music-loving Dad. I love hearing about these things.

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  15. Oh this is lovely! I love signs such as this too. I truly believe 🙂

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  16. It seems her spirit was with you on this day. Beautiful!

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    • It surely was…I know it. Thanks, Renee.

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      • Hi Gayle, I had an unexpected surprise. Mark Durfee visited my site and has asked I submit something to be considered for the next Nain Rouge. I have emailed him and we have chatted a bit. I think I will give it a go and see what happens. All I can do is try.

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        • Wow, Renee…very cool…I’m very happy for you. He sees what I see (and all your other fans too) …you have talent and maybe more importantly, soul…and it comes through beautifully in your writings. I have complete faith in you, sister! Hugs…

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          • Thanks Gayle! I actually didn’t even connect him to your site and couldn’t figure out who he was. LOL I am horrible with names and when he said he came from your site…well, I think I turned ten shade of red and I don’t blush easily. He read my comment to you and decided to visit. I am going to submit something from my site already written and I’m going to write something new and see what happens. Hugs…

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          • Well, I don’t know how you could have been expected to know who he was, Renee…never having met him… I’m so glad he decided to visit you though and offer you an opportunity to submit something. He will not be disappointed!

            Hugs… xoxo

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  17. This is a lovely share~ I would like to believe her spirit was there too ~ Great to see you in FF 55 ~ I try to write for G-man but lately I have been busy with other stuff ~

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    • Thank you, Grace…I know for sure that her spirit was there…you could feel it. I seem to forget the days that certain prompts are being done…I’ve somehow gotten out of the loop. I need to get more organized so I don’t forget because I do like joining in… Thanks for coming by in spite of your busy days.

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  18. I also think these signs should be acknowledged. Have seen it several times, when someone dies and the natural world lets people know that the person isn’t “gone” per se, just energy changing form. It’s really a marvel for those who pay attention. Of course there are always those who will shrug it off as coincidence…but then, those who don’t believe in any magic will never find it, eh? 😉 This was a wonderful (deep) “short”.

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    • Yes, so many don’t pay attention and miss communications from their passed-on loved ones. My father has come through to me loud and clear many times. Thanks, Corina.

      By the way, I hope you are feeling better by now after the passing of your grandfather…be sure and let me know when you “hear” from him…

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  19. margaretbednar

     /  September 19, 2012

    …and everyone was filled with hope. Sigh….

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  20. I am sure the presence of that butterfly was a great consolation. Wouldn’t it be nice if when we die we could manifest as something of such beauty that we loved and cared for in life (and I am thinking other than human …)? Thanks for sharing.

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    • Yes, it was exciting to see it. I think it would be very nice if we all could do that…it seems like some can… Thanks, Diane.

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