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Every March and April, spring in West Michigan is accompanied by the annual Butterflies are Blooming exhibit at Frederik Meijer Gardens. For me, it’s a highlight of the season. I usually take an afternoon off from work to spend time among the butterflies and visit the Gardens multiple times during the two month exhibit.

In early March, I met my four year-old niece and sister-in-law at the Gardens for the Butterfly Ballet, an adorable event presented by the Grand Rapids Ballet‘s Junior Company. Afterwards we zoomed through the butterfly exhibit in under 15 minutes. Turns out the ballet inspired my niece to want to dance, not look at butterflies. 

With surgery in early April, I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to make it back to see the butterflies again this year. Happily, I was able to make my first post-surgery outing a trip to the Gardens for the last weekend of Butterflies are Blooming. After a tough two weeks in the house, it was a wonderful way to get a good dose of spring, nature and normalcy. 

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