When I was teaching, I loved using Zoo Books in my classroom as a basis for units that included reading, writing, poetry, art, and music about so many non-domesticated animals. Following are the lyrics to a song I wrote and which my class performed for other classes in my elementary school. (Not a candidate for any Music Awards, of course, but it was lots of fun!) At the end of that school year, one of the mothers typed the lyrics, decorated the paper with butterflies, and put it in a gold-colored frame as a gift to me. The same class also gave me a butterfly bush as an end-of-the-year gift. I think my butterfly bush is about 15 years old now and gorgeous every summer!
And closer to home, there are our pets…….mostly dogs and cats, though some may have rabbits, birds, gerbils, hamsters, and fish in a bowl. Some even have snakes and tarantulas. But, for us, our dogs are just part of our family, and a very important part. Daisy, who was almost 12 years old when she passed away October 28, 2010, was so smart. She loved to go outside and catch the frisbee in mid-air after we threw it, and then bring it back to us and play tug-of-war as we tried to get the frisbee to throw it again. She was a great mole hunter…….no traps, no pellets in our yard….just Daisy. She followed my husband everywhere he went, and on her very last day, when she was so weak that she could barely stand, she walked off the porch to follow him into the yard. We cried just thinking about the love she had for Bob. After a year, we can smile and talk about her without crying…..most of the time.Butterflies, butterflies, butterflies, butterflies. On the rocks and on the ground. Butterflies, butterflies, butterflies, butterflies. Here and there and all around. Flitting, flying, soaring high. Colors streaking through the sky. Such a beautiful sight to see. Sitting in the apple tree. Butterfly, you fly like a kite. Little blue, you're small as a mite. Butterflies red and butterflies bright. You fly in the day but not at night.