It's always a treat to work at Butterfly Magic in the Tucson Botanical Gardens, but I have to admit that it stresses me out at times. Why? How would butterflies stress me out? You may ponder a bit as I tell you the tales about the taboos of inappropriate butterfly touching......
Essentially there are 3 posts inside the greenhouse. 1. The Entrance. 2. The Interpreter and 3. The Exit Person. I like the entrance as it is rather easy to go over the rules and collect tickets. Watch where you step and if they land on you, it's okay:) Plus it's nice and cool with little possibility of butterflies escaping. The Interpreter is the one job I'm getting better at. It has taken me a year to get comfortable identifying butterflies on sight. This is the one where you tell others about the tropical butterflies. Most people will ask and I'll answer. However, if someone doesn't ask, I let them absorb the experience on their own. Some people don't want their spaces violated with information that they could care less about.....so I stand nearby ready to assist if someone has a question. But I think the worst post is the Exit person. You have to stand by the door and check everyone as they leave. Awkward moments galore here people. And as a man, I am not too crazy about them.
Take the case of this young couple. They are ready to leave and I have my butterfly brush in case any get on their purses or clothes. Normally it's not an issue, but during this day, a Morphos would land right on the lady's chest and in an area that is not appropriate for another man to brush. The boyfriend replies, "Looks like this butterfly has the right idea." and begins to move her female parts around in front of me. I stand at the exit staring off onto the other side of the building(where I see the boy picking up a butterfly with this hands!) And I'm stuck because the interpreter is busy lecturing. Meanwhile, the Morphos leaves her chest and they both giggle. I look back at them. Help them exit and go after the little boy who I had told several times NOT to touch or pick up the butterflies.