A Monarch Butterfly Project
Last week I celebrated my mom’s 93rd birthday with her in LaGrange, IL. One of the projects she is involved in is growing a Monarch butterfly from the caterpillar stage through the chrysalis stage to the butterfly stage to release stage. The Monarch’s larva eats milkweed. According to Mom, her caterpillars were ravenous, absolutely eating constantly! She had to ask for more leaves as they stripped the plants rather quickly. The caterpillars knew what they needed and that’s the only thing they ate! Mom had the joy of watching a butterfly come out of its chrysalis and unfold its wings. Then the butterfly slowly and deliberately moved its wings to dry and strengthen them. After a few hours, the butterfly was tagged (part of the project) with a very small paper dot of identification, and was released. It will head for Mexico, where it will join millions of Monarch butterflies. Actually there will be up to a billion individual Monarchs that will spend the winter at the Monarch Butterfly Biosphere Reserve, located about 60 miles northwest of Mexico City. Amazing!
Our Back Yard Project
When I got back to Mesa, the grass in the back yard had filled in rather nicely. You can check previous blogs for two ‘before’ photos. The ONLY thing that we did was to get our sprinkler system functional so that it is now giving the grass short but daily waterings. Ed has even been told to not mow it: he has very happily complied!!
The Connection to Wellness
Living things need food (the right kind, of course) and water. Monarch butterfly caterpillars devour milkweed leaves. They are rather specific in what they eat. Grass needs water. Grass- and plants- thrive on regular provision of water.
Now to my very simple and profound conclusion: we as living beings need food and water to survive and thrive. Eat the food your body was intended to eat. Drink about 8 glasses of clean water each day. In fact, the following rules would be good ones for anyone to follow for a healthy transformation! BTW, these are not original with me, but were passed on to me and I simply re-formatted them.
Here’s my very simple call to action: Review your eating plan. Can any of the above rules fit into a more effective plan for healthy living for you? Second, are you drinking enough water? Read a previous blog for several suggestions about how to increase your daily water intake.
What are your thoughts? Do these ‘rules’ cover the basics? What would you add? Or subtract? You are welcome to leave your comments below.