The Meaning of Chasing Bubberflies



Our Ellery was a beautiful, curly haired, blue eyed, strong willed, silly, adventurous little girl filled with Joy and abundant LOVE. She completed our family. She was curious about EVERYTHING and determined- SERIOUSLY, she potty trained completely before she was 2 years old in 8 hours. She could count past 10, recognize all her numbers and was able to dial “Gamma” and “Gampa’s” phone number! She squealed at bugs and Loved “pweedy Bubberflies” (hence the name Chasing Bubberflies). The day of Ellery’s funeral, a large Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly flew right between my husband’s and my head. I remember yelling out “did you see it, did you see it”. From that moment I knew “bubberflies”, especially the Yellow Swallowtail Butterflies, were a sign from our sweet Ellery. The first time we visited her grave a Yellow Swallowtail was there flying around us. We took the kids to Valleyfair shortly after her death as a distraction and low and behold, a Yellow Swallowtail was there to greet us as we walked through the gate and one was circling our van when it was time to go. I have numerous examples of that beautiful “bubberfly” but the most recent was Mother’s Day. My first Mother’s Day without Ellery was extremely difficult and just as we were walking toward the van guess what flew by me……. A beautiful Yellow Swallowtail Butterfly. What did I do???? I chased it until I could see it no longer and then it came back and I followed it again. Needless to say I will be “Chasing Bubberlies” for the rest of my life. They warm my heart and bring Joy to my soul.