I unwittingly published this post before final editing. I should know better. Here is the final draft. I hope you enjoy it. I had fun writing it.
I am a Monarch Butterfly. I was a mere larvae a few days ago. Just hatched from my chrysalis this morning. I looked up toward the tree top and started climbing.
I climbed and climbed, finally reaching the top of the giant tree.
The sunlight was bright and overwhelming.
When I first saw the others, there were more than a dozen, and my enthusiasm grew with their numbers. It took a few minutes to realize the extent of what I was seeing. One hundred of my fellow cousins fluttering against a blue sky, wing tips touching. Simply breathtaking.
Seeing one million Monarchs swerving and soaring above me,
Realizing there were more in the trees waiting for the right moment
to open their wings and join us,
Felt like nothing short of a miracle.
I looked below as a woman cocked her head to the sky, cupping her hands
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