After the Visit

My visitors left for Nebraska yesterday morning. They left shortly after nine. Having a whole day ahead of me, I decided to do…. nothing. I played on the computer a little while, I watched TV, I took a nap.

The evidence of my visitors remains behind. They left gifts for me in my bedroom:
Tara made the foam art.   I'm not sure who made the can.

When it got dark outside, I saw the gentle flash of a lightning bug. Inside my house. Tara and Tim had caught some lightning bugs in a jar and the plastic wrap keeping them in was kind of loose. I may have more of these. I’ll catch and release them. Lightning bugs have a weird smell when you crush them.
On the way out of my house...

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6 Responses to After the Visit

  1. Lauren says:

    Thank you for not showing us a crushed lightning bug.

    Hooray for a day of nothing! It’s the very best kind of day, in my book. 🙂

    When we went to Germany we were instructed to bring mitbringsels, little gifts for our hosts. Kathryn and I brought photos of us jumping off the Concordia sign. Did you take that picture?

  2. Peggy says:

    Have you crushed lightning bugs as an adult or was that a boyhood thing? Did you crush lots of bugs to compare their smells?

    I remember when I was a kid, the boys in the neighborhood used to pull the ‘lightning’ part off the bug & smear it on the sidewalk. There would be all these streaks of yellow that glowed in the dark on our sidewalks. How do boys come up with this stuff?

    • Carol says:

      NO! And how would those BOYS have felt if a group of large insects ripped off their derieres and smeared THEM all across the sidewalks!

      (…what?…….human butts don’t glow?!………….oh……….never mind then…..)

      • Peggy says:

        I know! The boys told me that it didn’t kill the bugs, because of course I was mortified that they did this…..

        And to this day I’ve never inquired about the truth of what they told me.

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