Five Card Story: The Butterfly and the Storm

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a Five Card Flickr story by Melissa Heinlein created Mar 25 2014, 11:39:32 pm. Create a new one!

flickr photo credits: (1) bionicteaching (2) bionicteaching (3) Intrepidteacher (4) bionicteaching (5) Serenae

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It was the middle of Spring, when students anticipate the arrival of summer and all the freedom that comes with it. The old man spent his mornings working around the yard and waving to the schoolchildren as they passed by. Mornings like these kept him busy and helped him forget the loneliness he felt in this house without her, his lovely Jeanne, gone two years now. He created ways to divert his attention and not think about the fact that she was not inside making tea or reading a book. He would not hear her come to the door and tell him to come in for lunch, or that Ned from two streets over was on the phone. He loved this little house and the way it could distract him from the memories it held.

But on this day, Mother Nature decided this man needed a change and brought about a storm so wild and strong that his little house almost flew away with the wind. Once the storm had passed, he went outside and saw one beautiful butterfly perched on a plant, almost as if the storm had never occurred, but as he walked to the backyard, he saw that their favorite tree, the one Jeanne had loved since the day they moved in, was completely uprooted and destroyed. It was almost too much for him to handle, and he thought for a moment that he could not handle any more sadness. Then he remembered the little butterfly and how resilient it was, and he thought, "This little guy weathered the storm just fine. I can too." Then the butterfly fluttered off to another yard, seemingly content with the change of scenery that each yard created.

In the following weeks, the old man said goodbye to the schoolchildren and to Ned down the street, and took off on a journey of his own. He knew where he had been but not where he was headed, though he imagined a place with beautiful waters and warm breezes, a place where he could be alone without feeling lonely. And he hoped that Jeanne would see his adventures and feel a little less lonely too.

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