Ever since I heard the phrase “There is no such thing as a coincidence,” I call happy & magical coincidences “mini miracles.”
About a month ago I spent a week taking care of my 23 year old cat Rita. She couldn’t move anymore but as long as she didn’t look like she was suffering, I was going to let her stay home and transition peacefully. One day when I was letting her sunbathe in my room, I saw a white butterfly fluttering outside the glass door and it seemed like it wanted to come inside. Seeing that, I said to Rita “Hey, maybe you’re gonna be a white butterfly when you leave your body!”
I was enjoying being her (almost) full-time & full service caregiver and even had the oil diffuser on so that she would be surrounded with the smell of lavender to help her feel relaxed and peaceful. Smell is such a big part of our five senses that now whenever I smell lavender it makes me think of that last week I spent with Rita.
She died on a Thursday night in my lap while Hiro and I petted her and told her we loved her. We decided to bury her in the corner of our backyard since she loved our house so much. Friday morning when I stepped outside with my shovel in hand to get ready to dig away, I had to stop and say “WOW” because I had never seen so many white butterflies in our backyard before. It felt SO magical…. mini miracle!!
When I started digging, I noticed that our other cat KIKI was looking inside a little broom closet. Wondering what was in there, I went over and saw that there was a white butterfly trapped in a cob web. I carefully released her and the butterfly fluttered over to the corner where I was digging and took a rest right there, as if she was Rita saying, “this is the spot!!”
I always wanted to make that corner in the back yard a “special spot” but couldn’t come up with any ideas that agreed with me. Little did I know it will become Rita’s little grave.
Since this corner grave was a last minute decision I had nothing planned, but I remembered I had two big lavender plants that I had bought a couple of months ago and was procrastinating planting it in the front yard.
I still had the ashes from my other cat Rasta that died a few years ago, so we buried Rita’s body and Rasta’s ashes in the corner and planted the two lavender plants above them. That’s when I noticed, “oh wow, Rita was always surrounded by the smell of lavender that last week and now she is buried under a lavender plant!” Another mini miracle!
I bought two little candle holders to place in that corner and a couple of nights after Rita died I sat there at night and started to cry because even though she lived a beautiful long life I still missed her!! Hiro consoled me and said, “don’t worry, Rita’s always with you.” Right at that moment in the middle of the night, a white butterfly fluttered right in front of my face!! Mini miracle!!!
Just the other day when I was driving and telling my friend this story, all of a sudden a yellow butterfly came right in front of my car that I thought I would hit her. Mini miracle!!
Some people might say it’s just a coincidence… but I call these my mini miracles 🙂
Maybe maybe….. if we keep our eyes and hearts open, these mini miracles are happening all around us all the time…. do you have any mini miracle stories???