Today was butterfly release day in second grade.
I had my camera at the ready, and what a lesson it provided.
Tomorrow I am going to talk to my class about the face we show the world.
The character lesson will go something like this:
You know how we always think of butterflies as graceful, fluttering, beautiful little creatures?
The gloss and shimmer of their wings just take our breath away,
and we assume that they are gorgeous all over.
But, are they really?
Look at that face. It's monster-like.
People can be like that sometimes, don't you think?
We get so caught up in the dazzle, the shimmer of their beauty that we forget to notice the monster face they frequently show the world.
Have you ever liked someone who was not-so-nice just because they were pretty?
Have you ever laughed when a kid made fun of a classmate because you were afraid you'd be next?
Have you ever been picked on, or been made to feel stupid or ugly?
I'm not just talking about how bullies act, though. What about us personally?
Are we more focused on our wings, our shimmer, our beauty?
Or do we care more about the face we show the world?
Do we care more about our looks? Or our character?
About our coolness? Or how we treat people?
Do we pout more often than we smile?
How are our manners? How do we treat others?
Are we willing to be kind even if it isn't cool?
Are we trying to trick people with our beautiful wings?
What matters more? Our wings? Or our face?