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30DOC, Day 16

We arrived home last night just as it was starting to get dark. As I was filling my watering jug in preparation for giving my herbs and newly-acquired Martha Washington geraniums a much-needed drink, my husband said mysteriously that there was a surprise for me outside. He refused to tell me what it was, just that it would be a good surprise and that I would have to find it for myself.

Curiosity piqued, I headed out to the front porch, but saw nothing out of the ordinary. Puzzled, I asked him again what it was that I was supposed to find, but he still wouldn’t say… he just suggested that I finish watering my plants, then turn off the overhead light and enjoy the gorgeous evening on the front porch with him.

I puttered about for a few more minutes, tending to my thirsty plants, then brought snacks and a cool drink to our little table on the porch and sat down with my husband, who was still smiling mysteriously and steadfastly refusing to spill the beans. I was almost getting annoyed, wanting so badly to know what it was that he was talking about!

“Just watch,” he said.

Then… I saw it! For one magical moment, the tiniest flicker of phosphorescent light brightened the darkness in front of us. “Oh!” I exclaimed. “Is it fireflies?!” My husband smiled and nodded.

What a wonderful surprise!

Having lived in British Columbia all of my life, where fireflies are extremely uncommon (or, in most areas, simply not found at all), I had never seen a firefly. My husband, who was born and raised in Ontario, had seen them before and knew that I hadn’t. He also knew that I’d be delighted when I spied them for the first time… and he was right!

We sat outside for quite some time, increasingly enthralled and charmed each time another little bug twinkled and glowed as it flew through the night air, and I wondered, how can I have been alive for 45 years without having ever seen these enchanting little creatures? What else have I been missing in this wonderful world of ours?! I vowed to notice more, to travel more, to move beyond my own self-limiting borders more.

After awhile the other bugs – the bite-y kind – drove us back into the house.

But the magic had been accomplished.

Unrelated, but still of a buggy nature, I present today’s 30 Days of Creativity project.

June 16, 2012 prompt:
STING – “OW! It bit me with its tail! Call the police!”

06-16-2012 30DOC

(If you want to see this in all its imperfect waxy goodness, clicking on the photo will take you to the larger version on Flickr.)

In case you missed it, this is what I’m doing throughout the month of June, and why. I’ll be posting all of my projects to my 30 Days of Creativity 2012 board on Pinterest.

Wishing you magical discoveries!

Laurel Regan – Writer, tangler, iPhoneographer, cat herder, learner of French and Italian, crocheter, needle felter, Growlita, iFan, on-and-off politics junkie, 80s music trivia freak, ongoing work in progress.

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  • Cheryl49 June 16, 2012

    Your little creations just keep getting better and better!!!  I love this one!  :)

  • BeckyCochrane June 18, 2012

    Oh, how I love fireflies. Down South where I’m from, we call them lightning bugs. We don’t have them in the city, so they’re always the first thing I look for when we travel during summer months elsewhere. (That and sweetened tea–I don’t drink mine with sugar, but I love the first time I hear “Sweet or unsweet?” when I order tea back in the South.)

  • masked_mom June 23, 2012

    As a kid primarily raised in Pennsylvania and New Hampshire, fireflies figure prominently in many childhood memories and are still part of my landscape today. They’re one of those things that continue to delight me no matter how often I see them. Another delight is the amazing detail you are putting into these little wax sculptures–this one is especially impressive. ;)

  • Kimberley
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    July 21, 2013

    Fireflies are one of my most favourite summer things. I remember I was bringing laundry in from the line at dusk one night a few years ago, and one flew over and hovered above me for a second, flickering a hello. They always remind me of this lovely Roald Dahl quote:

    “And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.”
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