Lavender, Bees and Butterflies

Party venue

It was some sort of modern day eco party that was pretty spectacular. Evidently thousands were invited unbeknownst to us. There was more than enough room for everyone to either sit down or flit around—their choice. Drinks were plentiful and unlimited while there also seemed to be an endless supply of goodies to eat. No fights broke out as the day of drinking wore on. And at dusk when it was over, there was absolutely no clean up required! Everything looked exactly like it did when the party had started. The strangest thing is that the neighbors were sitting out on their terrace during the entire affair, only meters away, without even an inkling that a shindig was happening. Now that’s a party!

Butterflies were invited

You may have guessed by now that I’m describing one of Nature’s little miracles. Yes . . . the bees and the butterflies discovered the magnificent hedge of lavender next to the studio. Of course, they’ve all been there before. In fact, I wrote a related story last year called “Bee Major,” where I inadvertently uncovered the fact that bees collectively drone in G♭. I know it’s not particularly useful information, but the revelation pleased me to no end.

Some special guests arrived

There are three aspects of the lavender party that caught my attention: unlimited food, open invitations, and no mess. Of course, the fact that no fights broke out is also incredible in view of what happens when you cram countless humans into a relatively small space, but that deserves a discussion all by itself—more later. Basically, what I witnessed today was abbondanza per tuttiabundance for all in its purest and most natural form. The bees and butterflies seem to instinctively know that there’s more than enough for everybody, so no pushing, yelling or swearing is necessary. They all come in quietly and leave in peace. How cool is that?

Congratulations are in order

I don’t want to make this some kind of mystical experience or anything like that. But, at least a moment of recognition for the bees and butterflies is in order, to congratulate them on learning some incredible life lessons that have somehow evaded us large mammals*. Their teensy little insect brains can evidently process a lot better than our big fleshy human ones, making life so simple and effortless that it’s hard for us to imagine.

An open invitation

So next time you see a bee or a butterfly flitting around some beautiful flower, take the time to stop and thank them for being such good role models for us bipeds. They really don’t get much recognition, and I think it’s about time they did. I imagine that if they could talk, they would make sure we understood that we too are invited to the abundant party—but . . . we have to play by nature’s rules to make it work!

*a catchy phrase uttered by Brian Bedford recently that I liked and decided to use—thanks Brian!

You may also enjoy visiting our other websites:

The Journey – The Ride of a Lifetime

The UP Side Lowdown by Cheryl

Uncommon Promise Story, Music and Art

New Music—Virtual CD

Uncommon Promise Video Channel

In Touch in Tuscany


About cheryl & emerson

The Ride of a Lifetime! After sixteen years of trying to live in Italy as "true Italians," we set out to write a book about our experiences. As it turns out, we ended up doing a lot more than just writing a book because we decided that to capture the essence, we really needed music, poetry, drawings, videos and more. So, that's exactly what we did. You can find our complete body of work at We hope you can visit us from time to time—let us know what your personal adventure looks like. Perhaps we can all glean some inspiration to go out and write a new chapter in our own stories! Wishing you the best, Cheryl and Emerson
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One Response to Lavender, Bees and Butterflies

  1. Marti says:

    Beautiful – love the image of the party of butterflies and bees. I can hear the sound and see the activity.

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