The other day I was driving home from work and at one of the stop lights on the Texas side I noticed that there was a lot more traffic than cars moving about. All of a sudden I had driven up into a cloud of butterflies. Or moths I'm not sure. If you click on the picture it'll blow up and you can see a few in a shot I took out of my car window going down the road. Brilliant I know.
I sat there at the red light and GAWKED as hundreds of butterflies flew past me all heading South toward the border. It was seriously cool and I didn't know my light had turned green until people started honking and going around me. That type of driving - or lack there of- would normally piss me off too but on this day all I could think was "Sheesh stop and smell the butterflies people, calm down."
After getting into the migration cloud or path or whatever it was I realized it was gigantic and proceeded to drive through it all the way home across the border and the six miles home. They were everywhere looping around and being goofy lil butterflies and making me wonder just WHAT THE HECK they were doing. They're so SMALL and go so slow I can't imagine how they get very far - but they were a determined bunch and that counts.
The next day at work I had a couple of guests checking out that had some far-away accents so I asked them where they were from. England was the response (lol like I didn't know by their lymie tongue) so I asked them if they were on vacation. They responded yes so I had to ask WHY IN THE WORLD they would come HERE for vacation. This is not Disney World, I had to know, foot in mouth or no.
They told me they came for the butterflies. After I thought "WOW that's . . . .dedicated." to myself I remembered my experience from the day before and said - "OH!!! The Migration! You came for the Migration! I saw that driving home yesterday, it was AMAZING!" "Wow how neeeeat!" "What were those things???" And they just stared at me.
They were silent and looked a bit weird so I asked "Yesterday, the butterfly/moth bug migration, did you see it? About a mile from here?"
Nope. They missed it looking somewhere else around here off on the wrong direction I guess and both looked like they were going to puke. Honest to gawd he went pale and she turned green and they just continued to stare at me in disbelief.
I backed off the whole "OHMYGOD IT WAS THE COOLEST THING EV-VER" line of conversation and just stared back at them thinking "Damn dudes that's shiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiity."
They turned to leave in silence and the lady managed to croak out a "Have a nice day." She really croaked. I want to feel bad for them but it's just too funny - they came all the way from ENGLAND. CRACKER JACK that's a long way to come for some bugs.
And by the way? I'm not fooled by butterflies - they. are. bugs. They're creepy gross bugs just like the rest but they've got pretty wings to lure you in and make you feel safe. Then they land on you and stick out their creepy swirly-tongue-deal and taste your skin. You want some salt Mr. Butterfly? Go find a shaker and get off me. Freak.