Wednesday, October 31, 2007


My sister Becky gave me this box when I was a little girl.
Inside of it was a caterpiller, a white cylinder-looking thing (cocoon) and a book that explained metamorphosis and lifecycle changes. It had a picture of a Monarch butterfly at the very back.
The cocoon intrigued me.
I looked at it with wonder every time I held it.
Would it break open if I touched it too much?
Does the light affect it?
Why are there these two things and a book with pictures of butterflies?
Once I knew what it meant, it intrigued me even more.
How is it that something can exist, stop, change and appear to be reborn?
Stages, science tells us. Lifecycle stages.
When the caterpiller begins to change, it is taken over by a silk that becomes a cocoon. The way I understand it is that the cocoon's purpose is to protect the Monarch until she is ready to emerge and fly.
I've walked into silk lately. Lots of friends have worked together to weave that layer of protection for me. I've needed it, and I thank you.
Wouldn't it be nice if when we went through lifecycle stages of change that we could emerge as beautiful as the Monarch?
It's not about the beauty, it's about the journey. Again.
It's a good thing I am buying new running shoes. This journey seems to have no end.

QoD: Who weaves your cocoon? And are you ready to fly?

Photo credits: University of South Dakota Web site on phenomena.

P.S. Ten miles last Saturday. Both IT bands are sore. Nine this Saturday. Soon, we head to White Rock for a few dress rehearsals before the big day, Dec. 9.


Amy said...

Okay sunshine, I can't tell you who spins my cocoon (btw, is that a euphemism?) but I can tell you that you will emerge more beautiful. You will be stronger, smarter, and more beautiful. You are like the caterpillar!

motownrunnergirl said...

oh my goodness. you will emerge more beautiful is true!! i'm not sure about the who spins my cocoon either. i can tell you however that i liked the movie cocoon.

Anonymous said...

NIce post...I think God and my family spin mine, but I need to think harder on that...also, FYI, you've been tagged. Check my blog when you can. :)

SAM said...

Liz....wonderful writing but what happened to that laid back, silly girl I've know for 15 years. All seems so serious these days....I miss that sense of humor since we haven't talked in a while. This is the only way to keep up with you and your busy schedule. I knew you would come out of this the incredible woman you were when you went in.. a bruise or two but still incredible. Anyway keep up with that running..I am really proud of you.

motownrunnergirl said...

new post please!

motownrunnergirl said...

have a good party today. thanks for all the great listens. you da bomb.

motownrunnergirl said...

howz yo party? huh? huh? huh???