"" Writer's Wanderings: In My Backyard--Fireflies

Monday, June 29, 2009

In My Backyard--Fireflies

One night last week just as we were turning out lights to go to bed, Bob excitedly called me to the kitchen window. How romantic, I thought, he wants to hold hands and stare at the moon. But that was not the case. He was enamored by twinkling lights in all the trees in our backyard.

Fireflies are a unique phenomena in our area during warm humid nights in summer. As kids, we would grab a clean empty mayonnaise jar, poke holes in the top, and go out collecting them. Once we had a half-dozen or so, we'd take them into the house and put them on our nightstand and fall asleep watching their lights go on and off.

Last week though, there were more fireflies in our yard than I had ever seen before at one time. The trees looked as though we had strung twinkle lights in them. Arms around each other's waists, we stared out the window and watched in awe for a few minutes. Guess it was kinda romantic after all.

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