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Remembering Fireflies
11/27/2005 11:19:34 PM

Holiday's are for families. The trouble is as we get



Holiday's are for families. The trouble is as we get older, there are less of them every couple of years.
For some reason this past thanksgiving ,I thought of my oldest brother who died of cancer several years ago. He has stayed in my mind for several days, and I thought of this incident of the fireflies,

I remember the first time
I caught a firefly
my brothers (both older than me)
used to chase me away
called me brat told me to scat

I snuck out with my jam jar
didn't have to go very far
there were so many
fireflies in the yard
but I couldn't catch one
until my brother picked
me up and guided my arm

When it was in the jar he said
"Quick put the lid on"
I wasn't fast enough, it got away
but not on the second try
I was so excited I started to cry

My brother said "You should be
laughing not crying ,for heavens sake"
I wanted another one, but he said
"No you take that in the dark corner
and watch it glow then let it go"
I said"I know, but I wanted to watch
two of them together"

He said"Be glad I helped you catch one
I've got other things to do. Don't keep it
too long it will die in the jar with no air."
"I know, I'll let it go." He left after
telling me to go in the house.

I went in a dark corner by the cellar doors
knelt down and watched the firefly ,it
seemed tired so I let it go, and as it flew away
I wondered why god made them to light up
like that, no one ever answered me .

Then my older brother came by and said
"c'mon kiddo,you should be in the house
it's almost pitch black." "I just let a firefly go
and I still don't know, what makes it glow."

He laughed and said," Hey my kid sister's a poet
and don't know it. I'll tell you what makes them
glow they have two directional signals like little
legs and when they fly it causes friction and that's what causes the light you see, It's the same principle of rubbing things together to start a fire."

I don't know if that 's what happens but it soundedgood to me. It was fun having this flashback. Hope you enjoyed it too.












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