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This is my third coin. I am carrying it in my pocket in search of a random act of kindness. Check back for when I find one and present this coin to that person.

I ordered this coin 4/11/19 and have a person I am going to present it later today or tomorrow. This is my second of three coins. I presented my first last week and it was an emotional experience to present it to the person whose act of kindness inspired me, as does this person. So wait for my posting of giving it to her, Trish

This is the first coin I gave out. I got started when I received my first coin from my friend Beth in my community here in Key West. After receiving it I passed it on to another monarch lover, Bonnie in our community here. Then I purchased 3 of my own to pass along. My first is to Michelle D. We met thru mentioning Monarchs. After several encounters seeing Michelle, she told such a moving story of loving Monarchs in her childhood and of her father and family. I was so moved by her story, I pulled the coin I carried from my pocket and said, "I have to give you this, you have moved me so much with your story". I then explained the coin's purpose and how it is to pass on acts of kindness to others. I can't wait for her post as well. She is such a kind genuine person, I just know she passes out kindness every day. Thanks Michelle for being my first person to pass on kindness and spontaneous acts to others. Pass it on, Trish

The coin I received from my friend Beth I carried with me daily. I'd ride my trike around our community, Seaside Resort. Mostly I was looking for milkweed. It was early in April 2019 and I was considering raising Monarchs for a second year - just considering mind you. But nobody just considers raising Monarchs. I'd sign up for Monarch sites and looked up Monarch information. Who was I kidding - considering raising Monarchs for a second year! Well, I knew of one spot in the park where I'd gotten milkweed, seed pods and caterpillars last year. But they'd been sprayed and there was a new tenant on the lot. I passed it by several times, but didn't go onto the lot as no one was outside. So I kept on riding and noticed the red/orange flower of the milkweed in a garden around the block. I watched it and looked for seed pods, but none and it was only the one stem. One day Bonnie was tending the garden, I asked her if she knew there was a milkweed in her garden. She'd noticed it and was watching over it for more sprouts. I offered her seeds I'd ordered online and some others gotten from the plants on the other lot last year. She planted them in the corner of her garden and showed me where. I've watched over them as Bonnie and her husband Jeff have now gone back to New Hampshire for the summer. I look forward to her first post for this coin. Thanks Bonnie for you interest and concern for Monarchs. Together and all of us, we'll keep them migrating, Trish

I received this coin from my friend and neighbor in Key West FL on Big Coppitt Key on April 11, 2019. Beth mentioned I am raising Monarch Butterflies, this is my second year. Last year I raised and released 36 in our small community here. This year I have raised and released 20 so far. I have 2 more to release. I am worried about one chrysalis. It has been black for quite a long time and hasn't emerged yet. That's one of the two, the other is eating mandarin orange and Gaterade on cotton ball. It's too windy today to let her go. If the other does emerge I'll release both tomorrow when it's not as windy. Then I have no more caterpillars. They have been hard to find this year. The milkweed we bought didn't produce any so far.

I'd like to tell you about our miracle butterfly. She traveled with us on a 1,000 mile trip as a chrysalis. We took the enclosure as we had intended to stay overnight. She remained as a chrysalis along with a few others thru out our trip. The next morning she emerged from the chrysalis and must not have gotten a good grip on it as she fell to the bottom of the enclosure. She remained still the rest of the day. When she did flutter I could see that her lower wing was turned under. Six others also emerged, when I was releasing them I hoped she would not escape the enclosure as I felt she was not strong enough to fly, even though that day was calm. She stayed in the enclosure overnight and late in the afternoon, she crawled onto my husband's hand. He took her outside, straightened out her wing and off she went. We feared she would fall into the canal right in front of our house, but she flew straight and true over the rooftops across the canal and into the wild blue yonder.

There is more to this story. I had been given information that she may be sick and should be euthanized. I said if that was true I could not do it, that I would release her and ''let nature do what nature does''. That was the day before. When we did release her as I've told you. Nature did what nature does and away she flew with her wing straightened. God takes care of all his creatures, even the tiny ones.

So now I have the butterfly coin in my pocket waiting to find a way to do a random act of kindness and pass it along. Be back to you when I have succeeded. Be kind and fly on. Trish

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