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Lessons & Reflections from the National Butterfly Center

Last week I missed National Wildlife Day and Grandparent’s Day. Who knew these “days” even existed?!

A quick search of such things turns up Stepparent’s Day and National Beer Day, in addition to the better known Groundhog Day and President’s Day.  I don’t celebrate any of these, or birthdays, because the truth is I can’t remember the birthday of anyone to whom I did not give birth. 

Does this make me a bad person? A bad friend? A bad daughter? I hope I make up for this shortcoming in a dozen other ways that compensate for my cluelessness.

As for all the other days, like Christmas, Valentine’s and Labor Day, they’re pretty hard to forget (or ignore) and I recognize them in relation to the people who mean the most to me.

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Lessons & Reflections from the National Butterfly Center

The eyes of the nation are upon us. Sean Hannity is broadcasting live from the “embattled banks” of the Rio Grande River; Governor Perry is riding the DPS “gun ship”; and planes marked US Army are delivering provisions for the relief efforts, currently underway.  Reporters come to our doors and news vans from stations far, far away park along the roadways, just waiting for something to happen—something serious or sensational—they can broadcast at 6 PM.  But there is nothing to see. Well, nothing out of the ordinary for those of us who have lived here most of our lives….

Men, women and children wandering out of the brush, trying to steal across the highways, or surrendering to the first person they see who might be able to offer water, food, assistance—this is nothing new. What is striking is the number coming, and the fact that people are paying attention.

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