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Sigmund Freud

Given the nature of his writings, its funny to think Sigmund Freud once remarked, "sometimes a cigar is just a cigar," but popular culture, if not history, credits him with the amusing quote.

In light of the proliferation of butterflies this summer in Harford County and beyond, it's worth exploring just a bit more deeply the line credited to the father of psychoanalysis. In short, it seems the point of comment is sometimes things can be taken at face value. There's not necessarily reason to delve into the potential ulterior reasons behind certain things. They just happen to be that way.

This summer, it has turned out, has been very pleasant by Maryland weather standards. There's been enough rain that the word "drought" hasn't so much as been whispered in farming circles, but not so wet that outdoor activities have been ruined.

And there have been more butterflies than usual outside, an observation confirmed by those in the know about local insect populations. It may be related to the weather, or there may be some other cause. The experts aren't sure.

Is the nice weather because of or despite factors associated with climate change? Hard to say. Such specific things are difficult to quantify relative to global trends in the weather. A day of reckoning may well be in the future.

From a different perspective, though, both are things to enjoy while they last. In this case, maybe a butterfly is just a butterfly – and a nice summer is just a nice summer.

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