"Mid Summer Fireflies"
Two summers ago, Nick and I went to Illinois to visit his brother and sister-in-law. Nick had just left the Air Force, and was about to start a new contracting job and he had about three weeks off before he started. We decided it was a good time to go visit Illinois. We always love visiting them. Some of his other family lives out there and I also have a relative out there, so we cherish the time we spend in St. Louis area.
I was born in Albuquerque, and I have lived here my whole entire life. I have always read about fireflies and how fun they are to catch in jars. As you can probably imagine, I totally freaked out when I saw a whole backyard full of them when we were out there. I immediately knew I had to grab a jar and catch some of those suckers, to see what all the fun was about.
Ew! Fireflies are so ugly! I didn't realize they were actually beetles, and they actually totally grossed me out. But watching them glow was so fun. I didn't want them to get near me though. What was so special about it was that it was a new memory that I had made, that I had never thought would actually happen. Fireflies always seemed so unreal, because I had never seen them before.
I actually went home after that trip and researched fireflies a bit because they fascinated me so deeply. The following information is something I had strived to live by, but as the frantic course of life took over and vacation ended, this faded along with the fireflies butts. It is nice to be reminded of these things, though. That's why I decided to dedicate this block to that one summer that was so beautiful.
"When fireflies come into our lives they are there to guide us to ways of living that are more earth-friendly, and soul-friendly. Fireflies teach us the value of living simply, and relying on our own inner voices for illumination. Fireflies also come to us with a message of creativity, and remind us that our paths are made lighter by the beauty that we allow into our lives."