22 May 2011

The Butterfly Effect

The Butterfly Effect. 

This is the best way I can describe people who come into our lives for a short while during their most beautiful stage in life. What makes it all the more bittersweet is that though they are only with us for a short time, our life is far enriched by the experience.

It is a privilege being part of their journey as they spread their wings and fly. To where their real adventures await.

I don't believe its been a coincidence that three butterflies have hatched at our house this week, and that Nikki was there with us to see one doing it's thing...in all its glory. You know...I think they knew there was a believer in their midst, one who appreciates the miracle and awe of nature they are.

Not so long ago, Nikki was just Noah's teacher, he was just one of the children, and we were just another two parents at the daycare centre. When that metamorphosis took place, when Noah began counting Nikki among his dearest friends and 'Nikki cuddles' became one of the things he looked forward to most in his day, and when the teacher/parent line blurred into friend/friend, well who can say exactly when that happened.

But it did.

And we will always be grateful for that change, the transformation to so much more. Now not just a teacher, but a friend. Not just to one of us, but to all of us.

As well as coming to dinner during her last week of work, Nikki made Noah's day coming to spend the afternoon with us yesterday, just 3 days before she heads out on her big overseas experience.

Seeing the two of them running round the house intent on their lightsaber fight was enough to make this mumma smile.

But not as much as I smiled viewing these out-takes during the challenge of trying to get one nice photo of 'Noah and his Nikki'.

Dear girl, we are watching you spread your wings and fly farther and higher than you ever have before. As you head off to London on the biggest adventure of your life, I close my eyes and all I see is a butterfly. Who flitted into our lives for the briefest of moments, but left a lasting impression.

 And whenever we see a butterfly from now on Nikki, we will be thinking of you. Only in our life for a short while, but forever touched by your positivity, your energy and your friendship. Spread those wings and fly,  the world awaits!

Noah and his Nikki

Be sure to go and visit Nikki over at Life's Wonderful Happenings. Our friend and fellow butterfly lover.

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