The Question? The Loss . . .

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly photographed by Jeff Zablow at Raccoon Creek State Park, PA
I hope the Question is, ‘Where has Jeff been lately, what with no new posts on wingedbeauty.com?’ After all, butterflies are now  . . . flying.

Regretfully, the answer is Jeff is getting over the passing of his father on May 16, 2015 in the VA Military Hospice in Dublin, Georgia. The question asked so often, ‘How old was he?’ 100 years old. The Hospice, his second since the massive stroke in January, kept anticipating his imminent passing, though he fought that too, and left us months later.

Butterflies. I watched them as Jack Zablow was buried in the Georgia Memorial Veterans Cemetery in Glenville, Georgia, with full military honors. I watched those winged beauties as they flew here and there in the cemetery. They have this wonderful effect on me, and helped as I stood with my brother, Stanley, bereaved on a gorgeous Georgia day. Butterflies just make me feel good, truth be told.

This male Tiger Swallowtail allowed my very close approach on that 2014 morning in Trails at Raccoon Creek State Park , up north here in Pennsylvania. Fresh, strong, and very shmeksy.

Butterflies tantalize my eyes, make me smile, challenge me, and . . . remind me of those who have meant so much to me. See one of my Mourning cloak posts, for my magical moments in 2008.

Thanks.

Jeff

13 thoughts on “The Question? The Loss . . .

  1. So sorry to hear of your loss I am glad the butterflies are giving you Comfort

    Sherry

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  2. What a lovely tribute to your father. I am glad you are drawing comfort from your beloved butterflies as you work through your grief. May they lift your spirits when you are feeling down.

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  3. to lose someone you love and care deeply about is so painful. one may experience all kind of difficult emotions and it may feel like the pain and sadness will never let up. i wish you much strength to cope with the pain that, in time, it can renew you and permit you to move on…like a dancing butterfly. sirpa

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  4. It’s so nice to see you back Jeffrey . I’ve missed your beautiful posts. I understand how difficult it is when a loved parent’s health fails, as I am working through that experience , too. I am glad you have had the butterflies with you through the journey . It is summer again and the butterflies are here :-) Best wishes WG

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