You may now just feel like breaking into the 1965 Lovin’ Spoonful’s song, “Do You Believe in Magic” (written by John Sebastian) and that is just fine with me! Click play below and hear my copy to get in the mood for this post.
I’m an incredibly concrete person. Meaning, I am practical, pragmatic, strive for efficiency, scientific, “no-nonsense”, etc. Or as defined on dictionary.com: “pertaining to or concerned with realities or actual instances rather than abstractions…”
On occasion though, I, like those who are less concrete in their own life approach, CAN indulge in flights of fancy. Much of my magical musings are about nature — how connected we (humans) are to the living things around us. Years ago the notion of “talking to plants” was very popular. I always figured, as long as nobody hears me do it, what could it hurt? P.S. I’m not sure it helped the plants I forgot to water…but the linked article says the hypothesis is plausible. Magical? Perhaps.
Two summers ago I was sitting on the beach, enjoying the sun, sand, and surf, when to my amazement, a dragonfly landed on my thumb. It sat there, apparently enjoying the rest and the shade of my umbrella. The odd thing is, it just stayed there for minutes and minutes. So, I finally grabbed my phone and took a (blurry) picture of it!
Dragonflies re-entered my life in an active way a few years ago when I tore out an aging shrub-based garden and invested lots of energy into creating a flower garden from scratch. I’ve always loved flowers and as a result I get lots of butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, and dragonflies as visitors. For those who are inspired to plant their own, I planted primarily perennial varieties, so if my schedule gets crazy I don’t have to worry about planting annuals for myself and the insect world. Oh the magic of the flora and fauna outside my kitchen window!
I was outside in the garden doing some upkeep and noticed a beautiful orange-bodied dragonfly hovering nearby. I thought to myself, “remember that time the dragonfly landed on your thumb at the beach? I wonder if I hold out my finger whether it will land?” Lo and behold, it DID! Over the course of the week I have experimenting, and each time I have done this, the dragonfly has landed on my hand, or finger, or thumb. It isn’t the same dragonfly (different sizes/colors). One was patient enough to stay with me as I walked around the side of my house to get my phone to take a picture of it. But it was distracted by a pretty flower and flew away. What makes dragonflies and I connect? I have no idea. But it feels good, and earth-balanced, and magical.
The next time you are outside and see a dragonfly, quietly hold out your hand and see what happens! It just might help you to believe in magic.
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