Teaching Her We Don't Always Get What We Want

Dear Frog Princess, We headed to Epcot this past weekend to enjoy the Flower and Garden Festival. As usual, our first stop was the butterfly garden. Because it's early, only a few butterflies were fluttering about. Some were drying their wings. We spent a lot of time in the garden because you've come to expect butterflies to heed your desires and land on your little fingers.


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You waited. You willed them to come to you. But they weren't getting close enough. I decided to capture your image because, under the right amount of sunlight and with the right concentration, you appeared the most beautiful to me.

Waiting on her butterfly

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"Mami, why are you taking so many pictures of me sad?", you asked.

But you weren't sad. You were intent in your desire to have a butterfly land on you. And I, in the background, cheered you on and willed that same butterfly to make its way to you. You looked ethereal. Like a fairy in her garden making special magic.

You believed. And I believed with you.

I hope you never lose that. I pray that you will always be intent on what you want. But I hope you understand that it's okay if you don't get it. And that you can always try again.

We had a ball after this so you see, you weren't really sad. What you felt was a tinge of disappointment. I loved how you bounced back from it.

We sat on a curb and had fish and chips. Then we went for some funnel cake. We roamed the world and you requested pictures in Japan.

So you see, it's okay if we don't get what we want at the moment. This day turned out to be perfection even though a butterfly did not land on your fingers.


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And guess what? We'll be back to try again. Because, that's what we do. We try again. And eat funnel cake, of course!

P.S. isn't Epcot beautiful? We talked about how cool it would be to live in this little cottage.

Beautiful Cottage at Epcot right behind Canada.

Epcot at night. View from The Land.