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[tweetmeme] This weekend in Parade there was an article that mentioned the following:

Scientists believe that lightning-bug numbers are declining worldwide.  As part of the volunteer Firefly Watch of Boston’s Museum of Science, you can assist researchers by collecting data.  Just spend 10 minutes a week to count evening activity in a yard or field.  Sign up at mos.org/fireflywatch.

This makes me sad.  I remember when I was a little girl going out to catch fireflies.  I grew up in the country so they were abundant.  I used to catch them in empty tomato sauce jars – (after I’d carefully poked holes in the lid of course.)  I’d like to think that future generations would have the opportunity to catch their lucky fireflies as well, but with less to catch it looks like many will miss out. 

Did you catch fireflies as a child?
What kind of emotions do you feel when you think back to doing it?

Did you think it was lucky to catch one?

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When I’m extremely emotional I close my eyes and
I see blue stars on a black background.
I’ve been that way for as long as I can remember.
Even back to when I was a little girl.
All I see are blue stars lately.

It really is horrible to feel helpless.
Especially when you’ve given all the help that you could over time.
Apparently putting others first in your life and
doing your best to be a good person just isn’t good enough.

I gave tolerance and understanding.
I gave time and patience.
I gave trust and love.
I gave it my all.

What I thought was a rough patch was apparently enough for others to
give up.
I can’t dwell on the “what if’s” in life.
I need to focus on the “what was” and more importantly the “what is.”

I need to find that “whatever it takes” attitude again.
I’m just seeing blue stars….

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