Okay this was really crazy. We had our annual kids fishing derby today and being that it is located very close to the new nursing home my Papaw is in I had planned on visiting him after we finished at the derby. My husband had just cleaned out the closet and wanted to give some dress pants and dress shirts to my papaw. So when we arrived at the lake I was taking my camping chairs out the bags to set them up, I looked down and there was the biggest pretty butterfly hanging out on my arm, I looked at it and thought Oh it smells the sweet pea lotion I have on and thinks I am a flower. Of course my son noticed it too just as it flew away. Just as we were discussing the butterfly it came back and rested on the same arm for quite a bit. It was so beautiful. Grey, and brown almost like a moth but truly a butterfly. It stayed right around for about 20 minutes before leaving for good. But on its way out it decided to land on my daughters shoulder and then flew away never to be seen again. My grandmother passed away when I was 17 and my grandpa has missed her terribly ever since. His condition has deteriorated in the past month and it pains me to see him in this condition. His mind is gone on most days and he didnt know who I was or my kids. He kept a close eye on Cole the whole time we were there and even teared up watching him. I am not sure what or who he was thinking about as he watched him. Cole resembles my brother a lot when he was boy but my dad was an only child. I do not know if he was thinking this was my brother, my dad or just the thought of his own youth long passed. I could not sit there without crying as I watched him focus on my son and then nod off and drool on himself. It was very upsetting. I thought of my own father and how watching his dad's mind dwindle away must be heart wrenching. It must be very hard and why he only spends about an hour each time he visits but could see him 4 or 5 times a day. My grandmother has always been around since her passing most of the older members in here have read my stories about her spirit and my kids. They know her and never met her in human form. They know she passed away when i was 17 and my son knows she is in Heaven. This butterfly made me wonder if this was her knowing I was going to see him today. Or if this was a sign that my papaws light was getting ready to burn out and he soon would be joining my grandmother. Either way I think this was a sign for something. Most of the info I have read about it has a similar meaning of "soul" in different cultures which was what i was feeling as it landed on my arm the second time. Japanese culture it means something different "young maidens and marital bliss" This is not what I am feeling right now so I scratched that belief right away. Chinese a butterfly means " long life or young men in love" In ancient mythology, the butterfly stands for wisdom and everlasting knowledge. Just not really feeling any of those explanations. So what is your belief on the symbolism of the butterfly?