A few nights ago I was returning late from the Mount Pleasant library. Iwas that post-dusk period when the streetlights are on though the dark of night has not completely settled in. I felt a bug near me, swatted at it and stopped. It landed on the sidewalk in front of me. It was hardy without being something radioactive. I recognized the shape, and I was right. In a few seconds it lifted off, flew a few feet and then fanned open its cargo bay and gave off a glow. One or two other bugs did the same. Some insects seem so friendly! I am accustomed to seeing lightning bugs or fireflies in June in the Midwest. DC in August? That was a surprise.


About Carolyn

I live in Washington, D.C., write, teach, try to eat the requisite fruits and veggies daily, and avoid caffeine after 2 pm. I wonder about things a lot -- like why "pretty" means "pretty" and "not so much" and if I can ever perfect the single-portion, no-knead, daily baguette and how many people realize that Beau Brummel had a lot to do with our desire to bathe daily -- those of us who do in fact "take the daily."
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