Tracie L. Rodgers Children's Book Author and Lover of Wildlife

Standing Together!


I am always amazed that everyday is a new day and totally unique with our backyard wildlife friends. This weekend, to our wonderful surprise we had 2 new Queen Butterflies emerge from their chrysalis. There was one particular Queen Butterfly that was crawling around our patio area. Of course, I immediately started to observe and monitor if this sweet butterfly needed any help. She would try to fly but it appeared her wings were still damp and made it difficult to take flight.  She even tried to find a spot to where she could hang upside down to continue to soak up the sun and for her wings to dry so…I reached down and asked if she would like help to finish drying her wings. She crawled on my finger and I gently moved her over to the other Queen Butterfly friend so that both could dry their wings together and soak up the warmth of the sun.

Within the hour, the other butterfly friend took flight. The one special butterfly that I had been helping continued to hanging upside down, waiting for the sun to impart nourishment for the butterfly to be ready to fly.

Then, the butterfly was standing strong on the stem of our flowered bush. She looked ready to take on the world but the sun was starting to set so she was hesitant to fly. I knew that butterflies love the sun, a certain temperature and require the light in order to fly. I reached out again and asked the sweet butterfly if she still needed to be in the sun. She walked onto my hand again and we moved toward the sun together.

I tried to place her in a plant that was in the sun but she wanted to stay with me on my hand. So I accepted the mission that was before me, to help this sweet butterfly get what she needed to fulfill per purpose. We stood together, soaking up the sun and waiting for that special moment when she is ready to fly high up in the sky. It was a precious moment that I will cherish. She started to flap her wings and then all of the sudden, she took flight. It was amazing, it was magical. I wished her all the best and safe travels. I sure hope she stays safe and truly enjoys her new butterfly freedom. I am so grateful to have been a part of her journey.

That is KAPOW! Tracie

About the author


Tracie L. Rodgers lives in North Texas with her husband, Jeff. Her passion is writing children’s books and sharing her love of nature and wildlife with the world.

By Tracie
Tracie L. Rodgers Children's Book Author and Lover of Wildlife