Magical Monday 76

Posted on February 20th, 2012 in Magical Monday, Stories


This time, it was different.

Huddled under the brick overhang, shivering as the icy wind threatened to draw the curtain of rain closer, I grinned as a hint of summer brushed my cheek.  ”Isn’t it too cold for you?”

“Isn’t it too cold for you?”  The butterfly settled on my shoulder, wings folding open and closed.

“It’s winter.  Winter is always too cold.”

“But without winter, there would be no spring.”  He huddled under my hair, two black antennae peering out.

“True.”  I wrapped my arms closer around me, shivering.  ”Some sun would be nice.”

“Without the rain”–

“I know, I know, one couldn’t appreciate the sun.”  I rolled my eyes.

The wings brushed my cheek.  ”You’re upset.”

I sighed.  ”I’m not upset.  Just…disappointed.”  I tossed my hair, the butterfly inching closer to my neck. “Actually, I take that back.  I’m not disappointed.  I’m proud of my story.  I don’t care what they think.”

“Are you sure?” Wings whispered in my ear.

“Absolutely.”  Iron laced my words.  ”I’m tired of being shoved into a box.  Middle grade, young adult, adult….and then there was that woman who told me it was absolute crap and I shouldn’t waste my time…”

“Is it?”  Two black dots peered closer.

I shrugged.  ”Everything can be a waste of time.  It just depends what you value.  And in this case, I value myself.  I value my story.  I’m tired of trying to play by their rules.  If they don’t like it, someone else will.  I proved that once before.”


The wings opened and shut, approving.  ”You’ve changed.”


“How?”  I raised an eyebrow.


“Last year, you would have been in tears.  You would have moped and cried, every shred of confidence frayed.  Your dreams would have been shattered.  Now…you glow.”  The butterfly peered closer, delight in his tiny eyes.  ”You found yourself again.”

“I’ve been lost for a long time.”  Shivering, we drew closer.  ”I forgot who I was, what I wanted.”

“How did you find it?”

“You know what they say.”  I winked at him.  ”"Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come sit on your shoulder.”

“Thoreau.”  Wings brushed my cheek.  ”I guess it worked.”

I stretched out, extending my hand.  Sunlight brushed my fingertips, the icy wind sweeping the last droplets of rain away.  ”I guess it did.”


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23 Responses to “Magical Monday 76”

  1. Couture Carrie Says:

    Good morning, darling!
    Beautifully written, per usual :)


  2. The Dainty Doll's House Says:

    Just loved it..gave me warm feelings the end did..can’t wait to read more!! Happy Monday doll xxx

  3. Joanne Says:

    This sent shivers down my spine. In a good way. :)

  4. Lady Fi Says:

    Wonderfully inspiring!

  5. Marie@feedingfive Says:

    I love that quote by Thoreau, so, so true.

  6. Natasha Says:

    I like this story because it’s true. It’s inspiring.

  7. Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell Says:

    Is this a little autobiographical?

  8. Emma (fluff and fripperies) Says:

    What a lovely post! Just stumbled on your blog.

    Emma xo

  9. Bonnie Says:

    Inspirational and very well-written.
    Twitter: @GlamKitten88

  10. Pietro Says:

    Nice the words about happiness!

  11. Carol @There's Always Thyme to Cook Says:

    Terrific writing!

  12. Pam Says:

    The Thoreau quote is so beautiful and true!

  13. Betty Manousos Says:

    LOVE your writing style!!

    happy week!

  14. Marjie Says:

    A self-reflection story, dear Duckie? Lovely, as always. happy Monday.

  15. Jennifer Fabulous Says:

    “Sunlight brushed my fingertips, the icy wind sweeping the last droplets of rain away.” This was stunning.

    I also wanted to tell you that I absolutely LOVED your “foodie” post from a while back. Hilarious!! :D

  16. Chic 'n Cheap Living Says:

    We can all feel lost and oh to see the light again!

    Chic ‘n Cheap Living

  17. Words Of Deliciousness Says:

    I really like this! The quote from Thoreau is so true.

  18. Leslie Says:

    That quote is fantastic!

  19. Anonymous Says:

    Oh wow, so wonderful and poignant! So true and that’s what my mom says too. In a different way. :)

  20. Reviewer11 Says:

    OOps forgot to put my name lol that’s me above.

  21. Ramona Says:

    That quote is true.

  22. Mary Says:

    Love love love. I just spent far too long catching up on my reading here. I missed a LOT! I’m hooked on the Saturday series now too. Have a great day!

  23. Reeni Says:

    You know how much I love these butterfly posts!? I can feel your glow!

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