It was 4pm when we arrived back home from the family graveyard. Only a few people remained to start the first night of the 9-day novena for the departed. My mother-in-law was relaxing with her friends while sharing coffee and cookies when suddenly a large green "kite looking thing" whizzed above their heads and went straight to the front wall where the coffin used to be.
We followed the thing and closely inspected what it is. To our amazement, it was a beautiful butterfly, the likes of it we have never seen in our lives. Both my in-laws and the old folks around home admitted to not seeing this kind of butterfly ever and it was everyone's first time to see it. I knew then that he came back to say say goodbye, one last time to me.
Days before his sudden death, he had been posing and asking me to take pictures of him in front of our green curtain, the color of which is exactly the same as this butterfly. Nobody knew that but me alone. So I knew the message is for me... and it means to be patient, wait, and be happy for now. Life is still beautiful because he is just around and could see me.
One look at me and everyone realized there's something more. I then shared them the photos I still had saved on my mobile phone and everyone was awed at the striking similarity of the eyes with those on the butterfly's back, the color of the curtain, and the bits of falling hair on his bang.
They then dismissed the rest of the large butterflies who visited us during the wake to be other visitors or other relatives who wanted to be remembered too. We have this belief that our departed relatives come and visit us in times of mourning in the form of very large butterflies. So the folks thought he could be the one with the heart on its wings, but it seems they were mistaken.
Seeing this butterfly made me realize that whatever form your love takes, you will recognize each other. I couldn't touch the butterfly for fear of hurting it, but looking at those "eyes", I said my goodbye too. It then flew away as the night approached and we started the prayer service.