Dear Butterfly Sponsors,
We wanted you to know, that the butterflies you sponsored did not make it into the music video. We believe this is part of an unexpected miracle you helped create.
After filming only two separate takes, something natural happened. It rained. And rained. Because it rained, it became unsafe to release the butterflies.
What would you do?
Spirit led us to call the Rose Hill assisted living facility in Berryville, VA. The activities manager allowed us to share the butterflies with them. We hope you agree this was the right thing to do.
We Invited Those Suffering to Release the Butterflies
So the day after filming for the music video and following the residents scheduled bingo game, we gave each person a flower, soaked in sugar water, with a painted lady butterfly standing on top. Residents released the butterflies outside in glorious 70 degree weather.
As a wheelchair traffic-jam lined up, we quickly began handing out each butterfly one by one. Before some residents could get out the door, their butterflies began to fly out before them.
They Chased the Butterflies
Several residents said, “It’s okay, I’m going outside to chase butterflies!”
The staff remarked it had been a long time since everyone had been outside enjoying the sun and fresh air.
One lady with a huge shy grin drove up for a second flower and butterfly, pretending she didn’t have a flower already stuffed in her blouse.
They Rolled Outside in Nature
The staff rolled residents outside in wheelchairs, some patients were dressed up, a few were in pajamas, one was carrying a baby doll, another one with an oxygen tank, and one was paralyzed in a full bed, but all the residents had butterflies landing on shoulders, arms and legs surrounded by smiles and laughter.
An Unexpected Blessing Occurred
Many waited until all the butterflies settled on lawn furniture, bushes and roses. After about 30 minutes of activity, what suddenly became apparent weren’t the butterflies at all, but the people.
Perhaps residents at all retirement living centers are like living butterflies eager to be released from their mason jars and eager staffs waiting for new ways to help release our people in to nature. What an unexpected blessing to be part of and present to.
We just wanted you to know that the vibration of your action to sponsor butterflies matters and is still felt by us and many others.
Thank you, Chris and René
We just wanted you to know that
Update on the Music Video
Directed by Filmmaker Arel Avellino with Avellino Studios, Ethan Dean with Uber S'more Producrtions, Emy Dean with Verity Vareé, and Seth Dean sound engineer, Native American Flute Musician Alan Stanz plays the Brent Haines Woodsounds flute.
We are Teachers and Veterans
Arel, Alan, Emy and René are all teachers; Arel teaches film making. Alan teaches music, Emy teaches about natural beauty and René teaches Art in Nature.™ Alan and René are military veterans.
Outdoor Set used 10,000 Years Ago
Our location shoot takes place on Paleo-Indian ceremonial grounds, managed by us at the Native American Church of Virginia, a Sanctuary on the Trail™.
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