Justin: In the Feast of Being Able to. Amen.

Dancing with Lightning

(Unpublished, June 11, 2009) Lampyridae is a family of insects in the beetle order Coleoptera. They are winged beetles, and commonly called fireflies or lightning bugs for their “conspicuous crepuscular use of bioluminescence” to attract mates or prey. Fireflies are capable of producing a “cold light”, containing no ultraviolet or infrared rays. This chemically-produced light, emitted from the lower abdomen, may be yellow, green, or pale red in color.

Last night I stood on a step stool and danced with one who didn’t want to be caught by a people. Then I carried her around the house in my hand trying to think of something fun to do, but upon realizing that I didn’t have a mason jar in the house, I gave up and threw her out the back door.

My friend, Lyndel, when he was young, caught a jar full of lightening bugs and released them in his room just to see how it looked with the lights turned off.

There are certain types of fireflies whose lights flash in sync. I’m told people travel from around the world to these locations to witness forests full of synchronized flashing trees.

“The fireflies do not always flash in unison. They may flash in waves across hillsides, and at other times will flash randomly. Synchrony occurs in short bursts that end with abrupt periods of darkness.”
Smokey Mountains National Park

Sometimes we fall into sync with other people and things are harmonious. Other times we get a bit off beat from one another and it is chaos or cacophony.

It is like that in friendships. Sometimes we are all in sync. Often, we are in sync with a few around us, but not everyone. That’s what makes “the wave” motion at football games or in a forest of lightening bugs.

And sometimes we are just flashing alone to our own rhythm.

  • ….And sometimes, we are just plain flashing someone. Which will get you arrested as an adult.

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