This article has a two-fold message: news of a new stamp and what the butterfly symbolizes to me.
The Postal Service, in conjunction with the Greeting Card Association, has come up with an easier way to know the amount of postage required for non-machinable greeting cards. Examples include square cards, cards that are rigid and don’t easily bend, and cards and letters containing items that create an uneven mailpiece.
The new 64-cent Butterfly stamp will be dedicated May 17 at the National Stationery Show at the Jacob Javits Center in New York City.
And this is the cool part — participating card manufacturers will print a silhouette image of a butterfly on their envelopes so that you’ll know the postage price will be 64-cents or the Butterfly stamp. The butterfly image includes the message: "Butterfly Stamp or Equivalent Postage Required."
When postal prices increase, USPS will issue a new butterfly stamp. The first stamp design in the series features one of the most recognizable butterflies in North America — the monarch. The stamp will be published as a pane of 20.
How the butterfly touches my heart
When my 91-year-old mother, Hazel Jones, was ready to cross over, I spent as much time as I could with her including spending the night. The last night of her life I lay beside her and cradled her in my arms. During the night I said to her that we should have discussed what she would do to let me know she was with me and alright after she passed away.
As the sun rose the next day, I decided to go home for a few hours and then come back to be with my mother. When I got home I decided to work in the garden; a place that is very meditative to me. My husband was home and he suggested we bring the phone outside in case the nursing home called.
He started to walk away and I called him back. Hundreds of tiny white butterflies filled our yard. I had never before nor have I ever since seen so many butterflies in one place at one time, let alone in my own yard. We both stood there, amazed by the site.
When Mark walked into the house, the phone was ringing. My mother had just passed away. In my heart, I knew the butterflies were a gift from my mother to let me know she was alright. They appeared at the very moment she passed away.
At her memorial, we had a butterfly release — dozens of beautiful monarch butterflies taking wing. Now when I see a butterfly, I think of her last loving gift to me.
May this butterfly stamp remind us all — stay in touch with the people you hold close to your heart.