Each year I visit Costa Rica for many reasons. For me it is a spiritual experience to be surrounded by nature and away from the complexities of American life. Part of the spirituality comes from a promise my Mom made to me before she passed. She made me promise to continue my trips because I came home lighter and happier. Then she promised to send the butterflies so I would know she was with me.
Every year we both fullfill our promises. Last year I was blessed with a pair of Blue Morpho butterflies that spent time with me in Curu National Wildlife Reserve. Then again in November for my birthday an injured butterfly kept me company at The Bakery. This year Mom outdid herself!!! While hiking in Cabo Blanco my friend and I experienced a mass of butterflies that surrounded us. There were at least 100 of these beautiful creatures gently flying around us and it was the most beautiful thing I have ever experienced. I have seen pictures of large masses of butterflies but to experience one was simply magical. I felt like my Mom was standing right beside me and it brought me to tears. I could feel the beauty of her soul and feel her amazing energy as it surrounded me. It was simply breathtaking!!
Just prior to this experience I was asking Mom for her help. My friend was in Cabo Blanco for the first time and wanted to see the monkeys so badly. We had made it about two thirds of the way through the reserve and still not seen any animals. I asked for her to let my friend see the magic of this place and the monkeys. Not only did she keep her promise to me, but just around the corner we came upon a family of monkeys. My friend was so excited to finally see the monkeys and it was beautiful to see her reaction.
I am so grateful to have the ability each year to make this journey. It keeps me connected to my Mom but at the same time allows me to let go a little more. This year in April she will be gone three years. It’s hard to believe but I know she is with me each day.
Thank you Mom for your beautiful soul and for always looking after me…even now.