Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Fire Flies

When I saw this picture I thought it was beautiful. But more than that, it brought back a funny memory for me. Never mind that when I was a kid my cousins and I would catch fire flies at night time on the hill top where we lived in Maine. Never mind the times my Dad and I sat on his screened in porch in the pitch blackness just to watch them. There was one time that just for a moment, I forgot they even existed.

I was an adult, and had spent most of my life in Florida. I'd gone home one summer to visit my dad. In the country it's very dark. He lived on a dirt road that didn't have lights. You could actually see the stars in the sky. It was beautiful! Anyway, when you turned out the lights to go to bed, it was pitch dark.

Okay, I'll admit that I'm a scardy cat. I've always been afraid of the dark. It didn't help that I was in the middle of reading some horrible horror story, either. I had this routine. I would prepare the bed just right, then turn out the light and jump into bed. I'd immediately pull the covers over my head and close my eyes.

You know how it is when you turn the lights out. Eventually I pulled the covers back far enough to look about the room and my eyes adjusted until I could see. The bed was right next to the open window. I could clearly hear a dog barking in the distance. Rarely a car would drive by. But then I noticed something.

I literally held my breath. What were those flashing little lights in the window? They were trying to get in! I was so scared I couldn't move. And the stupidest thoughts went through my head. Did I tell you I have an over active imagination? Guess that's why I'm a writer:) Anyway, I somehow convinced myself aliens had landed and they were trying to get in through the window! What else could it be?

Then, in a flash, I realized what I was seeing and settled down. The next thing I knew I was laughing at myself. Somehow fire flies had become trapped between the screen and the window.

It's funny what you can forget until you're faced with it again.

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