Dreaming big at the butterfly conservatory: a hunting expedition

by CountryFriedMama on March 4, 2010

Somebody, at sometime, told Miss D. that when a butterfly lands on your finger, you get a wish.

I never heard this particular law, or I would have been out hunting butterflies a long time ago.  (Mama wants a shiny, new housekeeper!)

Anyway, Miss D. was pretty excited last week when I told her we were going to Callaway Gardens, where they had an indoor butterfly conservatory.

We weren’t even there yet before she announced her wish: A Princess Aurora Train Table Palace.

If you’re going to dream, dream big.

She was full of butterfly wishes and palacial dreams when we arrived.

She tracked her prey like a practiced hunter.

After chasing several of these beauties around, her optimism started to wane.

She was hopeful almost until the end of our visit, but it turns out that I will not have to find room in this house for A Princess Aurora Train Table Palace.

This post is in response to I Should Be Folding Laundry’s You Capture assignment: hopeful.

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{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Colleen March 4, 2010 at 2:47 pm

Poor baby. She looks quite disappointed, but I bet you are a tad relieved. That was a big wish to fill.


Stacia March 4, 2010 at 3:43 pm

Tell Miss D., when the butterflies don’t come through for you, there’s always the Easter Bunny.


Adeena March 4, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Awww. What a cutie!


Jen March 4, 2010 at 4:39 pm

How sad for her, but she’s so cute!


Roving Lemon March 4, 2010 at 4:49 pm

You weren’t by any chance running along behind her, flapping your arms to scare away the butterflies, were you? (That’s what I would be doing, threatened with a Princess Aurora Train Table Palace.)


Kim March 4, 2010 at 5:04 pm

Oh the disappointment!

At the zoo near us they have an enclosure that you can go into with a tiny cup of sugar water and feed all these colorful little birds. Very magical, until one of them poops on your shoulder.


Megan March 4, 2010 at 7:17 pm

I love butterflies! spring will soon be here…excited to see more of them.

I read your post (yesterday) … and it really got my brain thinking (which is a lot after the kind of day I had) … off to find it again & respond!

Have an awesome night!


March 5, 2010 at 11:13 am

Poor Miss D!

(But what a relief she couldn’t catch one of those butterflies, huh? Does her dream even exist in real life?)


Lena March 5, 2010 at 12:14 pm

Aww, what a cute little sour face in the third photo!
I’m hoping my son never hears of that particular way of making wishes come true, his grandfather was very skilled at capturing dragonflies during his youth. I’d hate to come home to a house full of captive butterflies and a wish list a mile long.
Beautiful shots!


Rachel @ Grasping for Objectivity
Twitter: objectivityrach
March 6, 2010 at 8:07 pm

What about Virtual Butterflies? They’re much easier to catch on the projector at McWane Center…at least for me!

Maybe you only get virtual wishes, though…


faemom March 8, 2010 at 3:10 pm

I guess this is a good time to explain that if wishes were easy to come by then we’d get them all the time. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go find a butterfly. A shiny new housekeeper sounds wonderful.


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