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Snapshot #71: Butterfly Release

Posted on: August 22, 2015

Saturday Snapshot invites bloggers to share photos. Recognized as “America’s Small Town 4th of July City,” Seward hosts the state of Nebraska in an old-fashioned family celebration each July 4.  The observance is apparently unique in that the major leadership is provided by high school youth. The event adds new attractions each year and draws upward to 40,000 people.  It has been televised nationally on numerous occasions.


For several years, when my husband’s grandfather was still alive and living in Seward, Andy and I would join his relations in watching the parade. After his grandfather died, we stopped going for a time but then resumed our attendance partly for sentimental reasons but also because Seward is as fun place to be on America’s birthday.

Allison_ButterflyWhile there, we photograph many of the events. Some recent standards are the bed races, fire department water tournament, pole vault competition, and pie-eating and bubble-blowing contests. This year, we also saw a pet parade contest and visited a library book sale. Of course, what town celebration would be complete without fair food? Typical fare are smoothies, funnel cakes, and an entree. Our choice this time was an Indian taco. Then there are also the numerous venue booths. After buying local syrup in Canada, Andy decided he wanted to purchase local honey in Nebraska.

My favorite moment was that of a Butterfly Release. Sponsored by Heartfelt Inc. and Zabka Funeral Home, one could release a butterfly in memory of someone special who has gone from your life too soon. Free will donations all benefited the Children’s Memorial. Although there are many whom I could have chosen, including grandparents and friends and pets, I released my butterfly in memory of my mom. She died in her twenties and never even saw my fifth birthday. All these losses have taught me that you never know how long you have on this earth. We need to treasure every moment.



10 Responses to "Snapshot #71: Butterfly Release"

Beautiful butterfly! Hope you are enjoying the weekend –


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That day in Seward, there were a lot of beautiful butterflies flying about the area. 🙂

What a beautiful moment and great photos of it! Thanks for sharing it with us.

You’re welcome! Thanks for your visit.

What a lovely idea.

Yes, the Butterfly Release proved a special moment.

Lovely shots, and wonderful treasured moments. The Butterfly Release looks like a memorable occasion. Thanks for sharing…and here’s MY SATURDAY SNAPSHOT POST

Largely inspired by our annual trips to Seward, Andy and I have now started checking out our local Farmer’s Market. We enjoy browsing booths!

Great idea. Have a great day!

Thanks for your visit. Have a great day too!

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Summer Reviews

Books can take connect us with strangers, take us to unique places, and introduce us to new ideas. They can also offer hope in a chaotic world. And so I must share what I read!

Each week, I’ll introduce you to religious books, Advanced Reader Copies, animal books, or diversity books. Some I’ll review as singles and others as part of round-ups. Just ahead, there will be reviews of:

  • Joni: The unforgettable story of a young woman’s struggle against quadriplegia & depression by Joni Eareckson
  • The True Story of the World’s Most Beloved Animal Sanctuary by Samantha Glen
  • Brothers in hope : the story of the Lost Boys of Sudan–refugees by Mary Williams
  • The Inner Life of Cats by Thomas McNamee



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