Why the Dragonfly?
I watched the parade from the 300 block of Sunset Avenue in front of The Sunset condominiums, which seems to be a stopping point for the parade. It’s also the home of Donna Klein, a participant in the weekly Artist’s Way writers’ group.
If you were in Asbury Park that Sunday for the Pride celebration, or even just for a walk on the boardwalk, then you must have seen the abundance of dragonflies along the beachfront and a few blocks inland.
Where did they come from and why are they here – now – today, of all days?
I’m sure the logical explanation was an easterly wind brought them. Perhaps as part of a mating ritual? We didn’t see them mating, but there were hundreds of them flying around.
As we waited for the parade to arrive we watched the Dragonflies swarm around us. They seemed to be everywhere. We considered a symbolic meaning so Donna looked it up on her phone, “Symbolism of the Dragonfly.“ Here’s what she found:
In almost every part of the world, the Dragonfly symbolizes change, transformation, adaptability, and self-realization.dragonflytransitions.com
As she read aloud, a dragonfly landed on her phone, as if to provide confirmation for what she was reading. It sat there for a few seconds then flew away. Another landed on my phone as I tried to snap a close up of one in flight.
Moments later, the parade was crossing over the bridge and about to turn down Sunset. We discarded our fascination with the Dragonfly and went to the street for a better view.
What I enjoyed most about the parade was the incredible feeling of happiness that filled the air. It seemed to be emanating from each person and every float that passed by. The upbeat energy was extraordinary. Love was definitely in the air.
More symbolism of the Dragonfly…
“The Dragonfly’s scurrying flight across water represents an act of going beyond what’s on the surface and looking into the deeper implications and aspects of life. The Dragonfly moves with elegance and grace. The Dragonfly is iridescent both on its wings and body. Iridescence shows itself in different colors depending on the angle and how the light falls on it, (like a rainbow of light through a prism). The magical property of iridescence is also associated with the discovery of one’s own abilities by unmasking the real self and removing the doubts one casts on his/her own sense of identity. “
All parades are fun to be in and to watch, but this was different. There was support from every aspect of the community and from organizations all over the state, not just Monmouth County.
Officer Casey lead off the parade in his police vehicle with a pack of motorcycles that followed, but not without a few moments of reeving their engines. The Mayor and Council weren’t far behind. And every float that rolled by with music blaring and people dancing made me envious of the fun they were having. The happiness that filled the air was contagious. We all felt it.
When the parade was over I wanted to try and get a better shot of the dragonflies so I walked back onto the grass and over to the bushes where several had been fluttering about just a short while ago, but I didn’t see any. I looked all around, in the trees, the yard next door, there were no dragonflies to be found anywhere.
Perhaps they came to welcome in the festivities and when it was over they were gone. Or was it just a coincidence?
I’ll leave you with this last piece of symbolism.
The Dragonfly has been a symbol of happiness, new beginnings, and change for many centuries. The Dragonfly represents hope, change, and love.
The weather was beautiful for Pride and everyone got to hang out under clear skies. Around 4 pm, the wind picked up and the sky darkened, but the rain never came. Unlike previous years when there would be a sun shower or even a thunderstorm in the middle of the day…
It would rain for a short while. Then the sky would clear and over the ocean, a double rainbow would appear. That has happened more than once for Pride. Coincidence? I’d have to disagree.
This post was updated, including a name spelling correction, on Thursday, June 13th, 2019