Day 145: Something Beautiful—Awaiting the Fireflies

Something Beautiful is a self-imposed initiative to find a visual feast for each day of a year.

Southern Ohio has moved with dispatch from spring to summer. And the passing of spring always makes me a little sad. The snowballs have fallen petal by petal. Daffodils are long gone. The early irises are shrunken membranes and the tall willowy Siberian iris will finish its brief show this weekend. I have no lilacs here. The deer eat them and it’s been a month since I smelled them walking the little shopping district near my home. The two peonies I left in the ground have opened splendidly and I am drinking in the scent deep and long. They, too, will disappear in the heavy rain due the next few days.

To buoy my spirits, I began thinking of a uniquely summer spectacular—fireflies. They had all but disappeared in McFarland but here in Mariemont I was thrilled to see my back half acre filled with them last mid-June. They showed up around Grandma Pierick’s birthday and that was fitting.

I have buffered some of the loss of the spring blooms and delight myself with the coming constellation of little stars in my backyard. Beautiful.



About vbassoc

Donna Van Bogaert is a researcher and consultant in the field of cognitive styles, health communication, and organizational communication and behavior. Her business, Van Bogaert & Associates, Inc., specializes in cognitive-based coaching, management consulting, and leadership development. When the winds are blowing her way, she travels and talks about workplace potential and creative problem solving. In another life, Donna sings jazz. For a very long time, she fronted two 18-piece big bands —All That Jazz (Madison, WI) and The Gardenia Big Band (Rockford, IL). She currently resides in Cincinnati, Ohio where, in a third parallel universe, she leads a media branch of a national research institute. Mostly she has returned to painting, poetry, and plotting the next chapter of her life.
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4 Responses to Day 145: Something Beautiful—Awaiting the Fireflies

  1. ephiker says:

    Fireflies bring back found memories of all my summer vacations at my great Aunt and Uncle’s summer vacation home (old schoolhouse) near Springfield, IL. And, I was just thinking about them the other day and had emailed a cousin and asked if they were still there and yes, they are. My synchronicity for the day, thanks for this post.

    • vbassoc says:

      Good to hear from you. I know that they used to come out about the third week of June in McFarland. Last year was the first time I really noticed them in Cinci–but I felt like a kid when I noticed them. None in Colorado?

  2. artscottnet says:

    fond memories stirred up here… now I can’t get Frost’s poem out of my head “Fireflies in the Garden” 🙂

  3. vbassoc says:

    Thanks for introducing me to a Frost poem that I didn’t know. Glad you were able to remember fireflies from your past…

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