rain drops made of butterflies

What a beautiful way to celebrate a life, referencing his writing.

After the death of patriarch José Arcadio Buendía in One Hundred Years of Solitude, the residents of the town of Macondo experienced an unusual rainfall. "When the carpenter was taking measurements for the coffin, through the window they saw a light rain of tiny yellow flowers falling," writes Gabriel García Márquez. "So many flowers fell from the sky that in the morning the streets were carpeted with a compact cushion and they had to clear them away with shovels and rakes so that the funeral procession could pass by."
Yesterday, as hundreds of enormous yellow butterflies perched in the nearby trees, some of Marquez's ashes were laid to rest in the cloisters of Cartagena University in his childhood home of Cartagena, Colombia. They are hidden in stonework beneath a bronze bust of the author, also unveiled during the ceremony. 


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