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

Summer mornings are lovely. I sat outside today with my papers and coffee. Gracie was sleeping on the deck, birds were flying back and forth to the feeders, leaves were being gently blown by the breeze and the sun was glinting in and out of the branches of the trees beside me. I didn’t hear a single voice. I could have been the only person left in the world.

When I was around ten, I used to dive off the high board in the pool. I’d stand to the side of the board, aim my hands and dive. I’d go deep. One time I hit the bottom of the pool and slammed my mouth on the concrete, split my lip and broke a piece off my front tooth. I got a ride home that day from one of the life guards. I think I looked worst than I felt. My lip was all swollen and there were tooth marks on my bottom lip. It was a long time before I dared to dive off that board again.

I love the ocean especially at its fiercest during a storm when the waves are white caps crashing against the shore. I can feel the energy of the water and the wind blowing and whipping the sand. The gulls circle and make a raucous noise. I walk on the hard-packed sand close to the water. I walk with the wind.

Fireflies light up my backyard. When I was really little, I thought they were garden fairies, cousins to Tinker Bell. I’d watch them flit and blink between the trees and branches. They were magic. When I got older, I caught some in a jar with a lid that had holes so they could breathe. I never kept them: I just watched them for a while. Even though I know why they blink, I still think they have a bit of magic about them.

My grand-nephew Jack was born this morning. He weighs seven pounds and is 19 and 1/2 inches long. I got a short video and can attest to the power of his lungs. Both mother and baby are fine.

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

  1. Hedley Says:

    The Bengal napped Price and gave up Jackson and Smyly, I was very sorry to see Jackson go, and I guess this reflects the situation with Verlander. The Boston team blew up their roster but still have Big Puffy. Good luck with working out who is playing where Kat but it clearly wont be in the post season

    107,000 are going to Ann Arbor tomorrow and I am not among them. Its a pre season friendly. Manchester United pulled in to the Westin Book Cadillac Detroit yesterday and slid in through a side door dodging the 50 odd fans that had worked out where they are staying. UofM is estimating 30,000 to 40,000 people to watch these buggers practice tonight. I am not going to that either.

    The Telegraph announced the passing of Neal Arden, say what ? Neal was the host of a radio program called “Housewives Choice” that broadcast on the light program for 20 years, ending in 1967. The men folk went to work and 6 days a week the housefrau sent in some spikey request for Jim Reeves or Val Doonican. Huh, what, how on earth can that be ? Mr Arden was 104 and an active golfer until his 100th birthday.

    • katry Says:

      My Dear Hedley,
      Nope, it won’t be in the post season. I am so sorry to see Jon Lester go though the paper is suggesting he’ll be back in a year, and he is still saying he wants to end his career in Boston. At least the outfield is set though we have no pitchers left. Gone are Peevey, Lackey, Lester, Doubrount and Andrew Miller. After 2012, I thought it couldn’t get much worse. I was wrong.

      My brother-in-law and my grand nephew Ryder saw Manchester United in Colorado last week. That is Ryder’s favorite team. They even wore their red shirts.

      Wow, 104!! It must have been all that light music he played every day.

      • Hedley Says:

        A friend of mine made it in to the hotel via a restaurant and got within five feet of Mata and Rooney before security napped him and returned him to the pavement.

      • katry Says:

        I bet he was surprised to get so close.

  2. olof1 Says:

    It’s still very nice outside and even if it is warm it’s not hot in my bedroom today, the wind helped to keep my home cool all day.

    I do miss the ocean and nothing beats a stormy day looking at the waves. I don’t miss sitting in a small sailboat while the wind roars though 🙂

    I remember when I saw glow worms for the first time and yes they do look magical. I haven’t seen any around here though, too bad because it is beautiful when they glow.

    I used to dive from the high board too until my eardrum bursted and I started to bleed from my ear. I had seen on tv that people dying (usually after fights) often bled from the ears, I have no iudea why though. So naturally I thought I was dying and screamed the entire way to the hospital. I can’t remember that it hurt a single bit though 🙂

    Have a great day!

    • katry Says:

      It is getting dark though rain isn’t expected until tomorrow. There is still a slight breeze but it is warmer than it had been this morning.

      The ocean can be magnificent especially in a storm. The shoreline of Cape Cod changes when there are mighty storms. Chatham in particular has lost parts of roads which now just drop off at the water.

      Why are they called worms when they fly?

      I would have screamed too if my ears were bleeding.

      Have a wonderful evening.

  3. Birgit Says:

    Welcome to this crazy world, Jack! Congratulations to proud grand aunt and family.
    I miss the ocean. Hardly any fireflies/glowworms and ladybugs this year.
    Lovely music today.

    • katry Says:

      Thanks, Birgit
      Lots of fireflies in the trees in the back yard. I love to sit in the dark and watch them.

      Glad you like the music!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    Congratulations on grand nephew Jack. Wow.
    I don’t want to think about grand nephews and grand nieces. My regular nephews and niece are old enough but not wise enough yet.
    But maybe one never is wise enough for children. It’s learn as they grow. 🙂

    I walk against the wind at the ocean because I know I’m going to be tired when I turn around to go home and I’ll need the extra push. 🙂

    Enjoy the day.

    • kat Says:

      Hi Caryn,
      That is a grand niece and a grand nephew in one week. Now there are four. It seems my nephew and my niece raise nice, funny and interesting kids. We all say that is the Ryan in them.

      That is quite smart-I never gave the return trip much thought.

      Have a great evening.

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