Consumed Yet Transforming

My brother, the only one home at the time, had only minutes to get the pets and a very few irreplaceable items out of his house before it burned to the ground on September 2, 2015.  According to website “in just two minutes, a fire can become life-threatening. In five minutes, a residence can be engulfed in flames.”  Thankfully only material items were lost and a few photos and heirloom items miraculously survived and only need cleaning.

I’m scanning for them the photos that survived so we can have an electronic set available.  Meanwhile my brother and sister-in-law work with the insurance company to get a place to live in while their home gets rebuilt.  As I walked around the home in the days following the fire here are a few hopeful sights I observed:


The ‘best’ room in the house. The rocking chair is one our grandpa built and I believe it is charred but can be repaired.


The nearby trees are burned and we hope will survive.


Jessie is safe and happy to be near what’s left of her home.


The ‘worst’ room of the house was the garage. Notice the orange butterfly that is gracing our presence in the center of the photo.

As I stood in the garage with my brother and sister-in-law looking at the devastation, we noticed an orange butterfly.  There is much symbolism, mythology, and spiritualism attached to butterflies and their transformative yet short lives.  Some say that since butterflies have a way of getting our attention that angels send them as a message, possibly from a loved one who recently died, telling us they are okay and offering comfort to us.  One source I read suggests that an orange butterfly’s spiritual meaning and symbolism, “asks us to find our courage and strength to tackle a change to our lives, possibly a shift in location and or a new home or even just renovations. The orange butterfly also has a justice energy and works closely with people if they are or know someone in distress.”  (source: Butterfly Animal Spirit Guide)

The physical house and truck were consumed by the fire and the paths left could be seen as despair or hope.  My sights were set on noticing those things that suggest hope, such as the items that did survive, the ‘smiling’ dog and the orange butterfly.


The orange butterfly


About kbea831

I love collecting family stories and photos.

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