It is around 9:30 p.m. and I just came in from sitting on the back porch. It got too dark to read the magazine I was holding but the fireflies were entertaining. Fireflies always seem to show up at this time of year in Kentucky–toward the end of June. Are they the same thing as June-bugs? I will have to check Wikipedia and find out.
Nope, June-bugs are beetles. Fireflies are something different. Wikipedia says that there may be 2,000 species of fireflies. Amazing! Years ago, we use to try to catch fireflies in a bottle.
The end of a good day is sitting in a comfortable chair watching fireflies. I am enjoying a lot of things these days: like reading a commentary on Genesis, taking some notes for next Sunday’s lesson, patching the cracks in the driveway, helping Joyce with four bags of mulch, fixing some lights on the porch, trying to clean bugs off the front of the car, fixing spaghetti for supper, sorting through files, and shredding old papers.
In the middle of the afternoon, we had a torrential rainstorm that lasted about 10 minutes. The gutters overflowed! I was able to check the gutters in a couple of places and clean out some leaves that were blocking the flow of water. Lots of fun!
Thank you to the Lord for giving me these days to slow down and reflect on His goodness and creativity. . . . TLT
June bugs: you would know the difference if one of them crashed into you in the dark. Quite common in Maine for a few summer days. Large bronze colored hard prickly beetles, round as a bumble-bee, but larger and not fuzzy. They don’t bite or sting: they crash! The next morning you find them crawling around rather lethargic, or laying on their backs kicking.
It is always a pleasure to read your blog. I love to watch fireflies too. They are magical.
There is also an ancient Chinese story talks about how a poor boy using the collective light of fireflies to help him study at night.
I read this when I was very young, I still remember it — because of the fireflies.
When I was a boy in South Africa, on occasion, we saw tiny worms that glowed. Their lights did not flash but were more steady. If you put one on a page you could read a few words from the glowworm’s light. TLT