Chase Your Dreams or FireFlies This Summer

29 07 2009
Image from http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/120294 via lilidonnelly.com

Image from http://www.jpgmag.com/photos/120294 via lilidonnelly.com

There is something magical about a summer night at dusk when the fireflies appear and light up the evening sky.  So many moments of laughter, silliness and child-like faith twirled in my head as the fireflies came to life last weekend in the Smoky Mountains and ushered in memories of me and my sister, with an equally enthused father, chasing these bright bugs in the hayfield across from our Virginia home. 

I must admit that I call these insects both lightning bugs and fireflies.  They are one in the same and equally as exciting.  Their ethereal beauty was often destroyed by our youthful curiosity as we removed their light to provide glow in the dark earrings or accessories to our evening ensembles.  Daddy taught us that trick, but now I prefer to just sit and watch them slowly appear at twilight.  We also were very upset one summer to find out these bugs cannot permanently reside in a jar on my bedroom nightstand, nor are they much fun in the daytime. 

Nevertheless, fireflies or lightning bugs conjure up thoughts of nothing but being a child in a hot southern summer.  They are extremely hard to catch, but provide moments of joy chasing the light in the sky. 

“What is life? Is it the flash of a firefly at night” (Crowfoot).  Go chase a few fireflies this summer, and do not miss the flash of opportunity.  You just might remember how fun it is to laugh.   

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23 02 2010
Chasing Fireflies « Sweet Iced Tea

[…] this most amazing book, Chasing Fireflies.  Maybe it was the title which grabbed my attention as I ardently love fireflies, or maybe it was the soft spot I carry in my heart for children with no families, or perhaps it was […]

21 08 2010
End of Summer To Do List « Sweet Iced Tea

[…] Catch fireflies. There’s nothing like a jar of glowing fireflies on the bedside table to lull a tired wee one to sleep at night. Don’t forget to poke tiny holes, so they can breathe! […]

5 10 2010
Malcom Reynolds

those are some beautiful pictures. Fireflies are sooo cool. There really is something magical about them.

7 06 2012
Fireflies « Sweet Iced Tea

[…] few summers ago I reminisced on fireflies and the joy they bring. Check it out here!  Like this:LikeBe the first to like this […]

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