A few nights ago, my husband and I sat on the porch enjoying the cool breeze. As we talked, the thought registered in my head that the welding shop behind us was working late, because I saw the flash of a spark. Then my husband murmured, “Firefly.”
A firefly! Yes, it was and it was in our yard! All alone, he flitted back and forth flashing his light. I was so amazed that I went to the edge of the porch to watch him flicker on and off around my yard. Then, he was gone.
Do y’all have fireflies? I didn’t think we did! I haven’t seen a firefly since my children were young, and that’s been about twenty-five years. But, I remember the awe they inspired when I was a child.
At the end of the street where we lived in Grapevine, Texas there was a “huge jungle.” That’s how I picture it in my mind, but you may have experienced seeing some place from your youth and realizing it wasn’t as grand as your memories. This area was probably half the size of a normal home’s lot. It was lush with trees and undergrowth. Vines twined through the trees making it look like Tarzan’s jungle. The carpet of fallen leaves was thick beneath the trees. Even on the hottest summer day, it seemed cool in our little hideaway.
All of the kids went there to play. In the middle of our jungle was a “crawdad hole.” It was a tiny, muddy pond (not much bigger than a large hot tub) formed around a natural spring that seeped to the surface there. Crawdaddies thrived in the mud at the edge of the water. We often came there with bits of bacon on a string to entice them out of their holes. Yes, that was our favorite place to play on a summer day.
At night, our jungle was transformed into an enchanted forest! Thousand of fireflies glimmered in the trees making them look as if they were decorated with tiny twinkling Christmas lights. Have you ever stood in the darkness with thousands of fireflies twinkling all around you? It feels like standing in a magical fairyland.
This isn’t our crawdad hole; it’s a picture from Wikimedia Commons of fireflies in a forest in Germany. If you have never seen fireflies, this only gives you a bit of the feel of our “jungle.” I want you to see it in your head.
Each night in the summer, that enchanted forest beckoned us. We slipped through the screen doors into the night while our parents played cards at the kitchen tables. Armed with canning jars, with holes poked in the lids, we went to the crawdad hole to capture jars full of fireflies and marvel as they winked at us. When their lights began to fade, we set them free to be captured on another magical night. Do y’all remember doing that?
The fireflies are gone now; at least they are around town. They are victims of the poison that we spray for mosquitoes. But, I had one lonely firefly blinking on and off in my back yard, calling for his kind. The next night there were two! Maybe before summers end, he will find many of his kind.
Thinking about my firefly, I couldn’t help but remember the first few weeks when I began this blog. Y’all know exactly what I mean. I just kept writing, blinking my lights and calling for “my kind.” All bloggers are like that firefly, we just have to keep on blinking, and “our kind” will come around.
Fortunately, I’ve found you! I’m so glad you are here. Later today, if my stats don’t drop, I will celebrate my 20,000th unique visitor since April 2nd (with more than 226,000 “hits,” whatever that means). Thank you all for visiting. You give me the inspiration to keep blinking.
MY 20,000th visitor was ArkieMama! No prizes, but BIG THANKS!
Some bloggers don’t have any trouble finding “their kind!” Their light is so bright that readers are drawn to them like moths to a flame (how’s that for an incongruous segue?). Jessica the Rock Chick is one of those bloggers. She’s witty, funny, intelligent, and just tons of fun. She belongs on the A-list! But, Technorati is messing with her “authority” and her rank!
Technorati makes my blood boil. And, I want the Rock Chick on the A-list (because there are perks from having “famous” friends—like maybe if I go to Chicago I can sleep on her couch!). I’ve got a little raffle going on to see if I can get you to link to her and help take her to the top. It’s called the
Go read about it at my Thursday Thirteen and enter! It’s your chance to mess with Technorati! You know that Technorati messes with you!
Here are some of the people who have have linked or commented(as of last night). If there is a number, that’s how many raffle tickets they have. Those without numbers were those who commented (and since I know they will want to link to her, I’m being generous and giving them a link). All of these people will be on my blogroll and in my Technorati Favorites, and Jessica will add them, too. A BIG thanks to you all for playing along!: