There is a story among the Tohono O’odham Nation about the creation of the butterfly: that the creator of the world made the butterfly with so many colors that the songbirds became jealous. They asked that butterflies be silent so birds could have song and butterflies the colors of the rainbow.
Because of this silence, if you want a wish to come true, you must catch a butterfly and whisper your wish to it. In gratitude for giving the beautiful butterfly its freedom, the wish is granted.
At MADD’s 2010 National Conference, at our victim/survivor tribute, we recognized those who had been impacted by drunk driving through the Hope Soars art project and gave out origami butterflies to all attendees to write their wish on and release it.
This week is National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, a time to recognize those who have been impacted by crime and renew our efforts to make sure these victims receive justice.
We hope that this week, you’ll share your wishes with us through our virtual butterfly release – your personal wishes or your wishes for a safer or more just nation. Hopefully, through our work together, we can make them come true.
You can also create your own origami butterfly to write your wish on, using these instructions. If you do, please share a picture of your butterfly with us either on Facebook (facebook.com/MADD.Official), Twitter (@MADDonline)or Pinterest (tag @MADDonline).