We are a little family trying to make a big difference. That's what I tell people when I discuss my walking through ditches hunting for caterpillars. My name is Dawn and I am a wife, mother, registered nurse and butterfly enthusiast. All of this monarch madness started when I was a teenager. My mother was a Montessori school teacher, and the beginning of every school year, she would be out hunting for caterpillars. I was absolutely fascinated with the metamorphosis from caterpillar to butterfly and, when I hit my twenties, I found myself out in roadside ditches hunting for my own caterpillars.
I am now in my 40's and my life is a hectic one. I am a labor and delivery nurse and have four kiddos. My kids have caught the "bug" of monarch rearing and I love that they get as excited as I do every summer. It is always a sad day when we set our last monarch free for the season. As fall settles in, we go into our own "overwintering" phase until we find a precious little pearl on the underside of our milkweed the following June.
As a labor and delivery nurse, I see new babies come into the world every day. You would think it would get old after awhile, but it does not. There are two things in my life that I will never tire of seeing: the birth of a new human being and the birth of a new butterfly.
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