The fireflies o’er the meadow In pulses come and go.”

A dead mouse was on the floor in the hall today. I think Maddie did the honors. I tossed it outside. Dead mice don’t bother me. It’s the half-alive ones I hate.

The day has humidity almost thick enough to see. The sky is cloudy. Nothing is moving. Even sounds seem muted. My house is dark. I needed a light on to read the papers, but once I finished, I turned it off. A dark house feels cooler or at least gives the illusion of being cooler. I suspect the AC will get a work-out a bit later.

Gracie woke me up at five by ringing her bells to go out. I went downstairs and opened the door then went back to bed. I didn’t go to sleep as I was waiting for Gracie to come back inside. I know she’d can’t get out of the yard, but I still worry. Finally, after what seemed like a long time, I went downstairs and onto the deck to call her. She didn’t come, and I couldn’t hear her. I called a couple of more times, and then I heard her collar way in the back of the yard. The shadows had hidden her. I called again and offered a treat. She came running. We both went back to sleep.

It’s deck movie night. We’ll have a couple of appetizers and then chicken and a salad for dinner. I haven’t figured out dessert yet, but I do know I’m buying malted milk balls. They all disappeared last week. We’re seeing Night of the Hunter this week.

We never had a Saturday matinée in the summer. That was winter entertainment. The summer was spent outside even when it rained. The idea of staying inside the house never occurred to us. Every summer day meant fun and adventure and playing games like hide and seek, statues or red rover. Our grassy backyard with the big hill was usually filled with kids. It was always noisy in the summer. Kids were laughing and shouting at one another, and mothers were calling out from the screened doors announcing lunch or dinner or time to come inside. Sometimes we’d get to eat lunch outside. It was always a sandwich. Dinner was at the kitchen table. Even if the meat was barbecued, we’d eat inside. Every summer day bedtime came all too soon, once the day had given way to night.

I think my favorite time of day back then was when the fireflies came out. They’d flit all over the backyards and the fields. I’d follow one with my eyes until I’d lose it among all the others. It was always amazing.

I still love fireflies, and I still watch one until it disappears. It is still amazing.

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10 Comments on “The fireflies o’er the meadow In pulses come and go.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    We’ve had quiet a nice day over here, sunshine for most parts and a gentle breeze, I think that it might be a sign for the end of the world 🙂 🙂 🙂 It’s closing in to December 21st 🙂 No rain at all so far but I did hear the longest thunder rumble I’ve ever heard just now so that explains why the flies have been so nasty all day!

    I think they had matinées on both Sundays and Saturdays when I grew up. We only had two tv channels and they rarely did send anything for children around that time.
    Now days they show all films they have all day long so it just isn’t the same any longer.

    Very little sounds from kids playing outdoors now days too, they are all sitting inside playing video games (or computer games or what ever it is called), How boring 🙂 🙂

    have a great day!

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Christer,
      I’m wondering if I should Christmas shop!

      Maybe rain for us tomorrow, but the heat is also coming. It’s warm now, but still tolerable.

      I know that mostly kids are inside now, and I think it’s sad. We loved playing outside, but parents are cautious about their kid’s safety and so don’t mind keeping them close.

      We never had a movie on Sunday. That was church and family dinner time when I was a kid. I think I was around 10 or 11 when there was a Sunday afternoon movie on TV. I remember the first one was Lassie Come Home.

  2. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    We always had Saturday matinee in summer. It was 20 degrees cooler inside! The walk to and from the theatre was horrid, though.
    The kids in my neighborhood play outside all the time. Even today, in this heat, the boys are over in a neighbor’s side yard playing something that is supposed to be baseball but can’t because there are only 4 of them and wrestling is involved. The girls are at the other neighbor’s pool but they could just as well be playing with the boys or skateboarding or playing soccer or lacrosse in the street. We used to play badminton in the street but we didn’t use a net out of respect for the cars. 🙂
    I broke down and lugged the AC unit up from the cellar. After much swearing and huffing and puffing it is in the window and chugging away noisily. But it’s blowing cold air and that’s all that counts.
    Enjoy the day!

    • Kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      I don’t remember when they air-conditioned my movie theater. I know it was not when I still lived in Stoneham. I had the walk to and from the pool, all the way across town which erased the effects of the cool water.

      The kids in my neighborhood, if they’re out, are in the backyards. The oldest is only 7 so they tend to stay close to home. The house next door is a rental and their kids do play in the street, and don’t move for cars. It is annoying.

      My house is really nice and cool right now and has been all evening. I love it!!!

  3. Pat Says:

    Summer is here and I am encouraged that things haven’t changed so much or gotten so bad when I go to outdoor evening concerts in the park and the kids are still chasing the fireflies.
    Good that we still have coffee to count on too! much thanks


    • Kat Says:

      I thank you for still being around after all this time! It makes Coffee so much more fun!!

      I too would be encouraged by kids who are still awed by fireflies. We have a concert on Friday night in one town and on Sunday night in another. Also, there is always baseball!

  4. Zoey & Me Says:

    I thought for sure this was to be a post about Gracie getting out. You fooled me.

    • Kat Says:

      Gracie is now too muscular to get herself over the fence. She still tries and her paws reach the top but then she falls to the ground. That, of course, doesn’t stop her from trying again and again.

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