From time to time I am asked about the title of my blog "Dust Off the Butterfly" and thought I would
make a page of the post where it's explained.
When I was about 12 or 13, (perhaps like many kids) I decided I wanted to change my first name (doesn't everyone go through this at one time in their lives?) I wanted to be called "Dusty". I asked (or probably told) my parents to start calling me by this name. It didn't work for long, however, to make it into a joke to be remembered to this day, my dad decided to call my brother "Dirty" - get it?
Dusty and Dirty? We humored him, by signing an Easter card with a pecan roll egg (I think it was) - from 'Dusty and Dirty'. That was kinda the end of being called Dusty, although I have often used it with the word Papillon - as I have always enjoyed the movie with Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman, the protagonist in that tale being one who just had the need to escape and be free, therefore 'Dusty Papillon' - aha! My pseudo name!
So - knowing that butterflies flit from flower to flower - and know it or not - I am retired from teaching elementary school and upon leaving my beloved Colorado to live in Kansas (BTW - middle of nowhere, where I like it alot!) AND returning to my first and foremost passion - ART - I use the title to mean just that. 'Dusting' off the butterfly, tongue in cheek - returning to practicing my craft, or dusting myself off, so to speak, to get back to a place in my life where I was happiest.
So now YOU know!