Word for Wednesday: Papilionidae

At this stage of parenthood, “developing my own interests” may be as simple and uninvolved as chasing backyard butterflies.

Add a little Wordsworth, and it seems more aspiring… 🙂

I’ve watched you now a full half-hour;

Self-poised upon that yellow flower

And, little Butterfly! Indeed
I know not if you sleep or feed.

How motionless! – not frozen seas
More motionless! and then

What joy awaits you, when the breeze

Hath found you out among the trees,

And calls you forth again!

(William Wordsworth, “To a Butterfly”)

Hoping you find joy in something simple and uncomplicated today, too.

5 Responses to “Word for Wednesday: Papilionidae”
  1. Emily says:


  2. Mom says:

    Love the word! And your post is beautiful. I’ve had two daughters grace me with lovely poems this week! But, oh my, isn’t what God created just breathtaking?!! Julie, are you noticing the patterns on that first butterfly?

  3. Kerstin says:

    Lovely pictures, Debbie! It seems the butterflies here are far more numerous than usual, but perhaps we’re just looking for them more intentionally. A friend suggested The Lifecycles of Butterflies by Burris and Richards as an excellent resource for learning more about butterflies with children. Worthwhile book! Much love to you all!

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