Thursday, June 23, 2011

Magical Moment 504, "Take it and Be Blessed"

A priceless and necessary summer memory for all to possess, is a dusky, humid evening spent chasing lightning bugs. The chiggers nibbling on your ankles as you race through the freshly mowed grass, eyes fixed on the luminescent spec that fades in and out before your eyes, while arms flail haphazardly through the invisible air to snatch it in your palms.

Imagine my shock and sorrow, when my husband commented that he had never done so. A crime which I felt must immediately be remedied.

I don't own brilliant diamonds, or the luxurious glitter of gold. But once, my grandpa made me a ring to adorn my childishly small fingers, of a lightning bug and twist tie. Twas a piece of jewelry that lasted for only a moment on my hand, but has remained in my beloved thoughts for a lifetime. 

And so, Eddie, you must accept this specially created piece. A lighting fixture, fit for all styles of decor, made of a glass jar, paper towel, and rubber band. The designer is God Himself, with only me as the assembler. I hope it lights a small corner of a room for a moment or two. And then, the rubber band will come off. The paper towel will flutter to the ground. And the the magical specimens will venture out to illuminate their own corner of the great, black sky. Then we will sit back and watch with wonder. We may confuse them with a star for a moment, but who is to say they're not just as lovely?



A lightning bug does not think what they do is extraordinary. It's just how they are. It's just how God made them. But when others see lightning bugs do what comes natural, they are blessed. 

That is my prayer.






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8 comments:

Eddie said...

Thank you for the sweet gift, My Love.

texwisgirl said...

that was precious. brought tears to my eyes - as did Eddies sweet comment...

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

This is nice to realize these memories are a treasure. Thanks for reminding me of lightening bug...

Travel Nurse Extraordinaire said...

Lightening bugs are a wonderful memory.

Linda said...

Lightning bugs are one of my favorite summer happenings. I think they're a little late around here this year. I haven't seen them yet. But I love driving by a farm field or looking out into the yard and seeing the flickering lights of the little critters. It's been many years since I've chased and caught them, but I still love to watch them.

Busy Bee Suz said...

This is so darn sweet. A lovely shared memory...and a new one too.
My Mom always tells me she used to make earrings out of lightening bugs as a kid.

laughwithusblog said...

Collecting lightening bugs is a great childhood memory of mine too!

Birdie said...

I have never seen a lightening bug! And your grandpa was awesome. :-)