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#39: Reincarnation: do you believe in it?

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I hope it does exist. I guess there’s no real way in knowing if it does exist until we each get there but all I know is the following experience made me think that it’s quite possible! Shortly after my Great Nan passed away last year, we were heading out to buy a few things ahead of her funeral. It was a sunny day (I remember it as if it was yesterday) and as we got in the car, a Red Admiral butterfly flew past us and landed on the front of our house. Fair enough, we do tend to get a lot of Red Admirals in our back garden during the summer months, but this was October! Our buddleia tree, which they are addicted to, had died and so they shouldn’t have been around – plus it was too cold for them. What made me believe in reincarnation even more was the fact that my grandparents (my Great Nan’s son) who live closer to London, so there is less greenery, also had a Red Admiral land on the front of their house THE SAME DAY! They never get these butterflies in their area, not even in spring/summer, so it definitely wasn’t coincidental. So, from that day on, I have viewed butterflies as a sign from my Great Nan reminding us that she’ll always be around.

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Images: my own photographs.

Take two

#12: Run outside. Take a picture of the first thing you see. Run inside. Take a picture of the second thing you see. Write about the connection between these two random objects, people, or scenes.

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I love the idea of today’s writing prompt although technically I didn’t go outside to take my picture as it is way too cold, so instead, whilst remaining in the warm, I pulled back the curtain and the first thing I saw was the ivy that is growing up the side of our garage. When I turned around, the second thing my eyes were drawn to was my brand new backpack hanging on the door. The relationship between the two is that my Great Nan, who sadly passed away last year, is called Ivy and shortly after she passed, we were just leaving the house to choose her some flowers and a butterfly flew past us, settling on our front door. It was the beginning of winter so butterflies shouldn’t have been around at that time, yet there it was. The same day, a butterfly had visited my grandparents landing on the front of their house too, and they live closer to London, so hardly ever see butterflies regardless of the season. We saw these two events as a sign that it was my Great Nan saying goodbye and telling us that she’s happy (she was 104 and a half, so was quite bored towards the end). Ever since then, I have accumulated a few items adorned with a beautiful butterfly print and this cool backpack is my latest addition!

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