Sunday, June 26, 2005

Lightning Bugs

The weekend was nice. I really didn't do anything at home other than mow the grass. I waited until 7:00 Saturday evening to start, which made it much more bearable. But the one problem with mowing that late in the evening is the bugs, bugs and more bugs. And with it so humid, they would hit my skin and then couldn't get away because they were caught in the sweat, so I just kept accumulating more and more bugs with every step, and therefore swatting and wiping away with every other step. Now didn't you enjoy that vivid description?! Haha! Thank goodness for popsicles and baths! It was just too hot to do much else this weekend. We did the old movies and popcorn thing.

Bailey had a good weekend. She learned how to weave a design on a loom with little tiny beads. The project she's working on is very, very pretty. She's going to frame it when she's done.

The girls are spending the night again tonight. We started watching "Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood" (or, as Josie says, "Diving Secrets . . ." - haha!) but didn't finish it - I didn't know it was such a deep, dark movie. I thought it would be much more light-hearted. Maybe it gets better in the end, but we didn't make it that far.

We went out to the courtyard at dusk to catch lightning bugs. Marissa caught her first one! (She's been afraid of them in the past.) She was so proud of herself. But then she got too brave and when the next one landed on her, she did the same squeal and the same dance that I do when I get anywhere near a spider! Bailey was complaining a bit about not being able to chase them herself "more than 6 feet", but she did a lot of pointing for Josie and Marissa and did a lot of "Mom, move me closer!" Lightning bug hunting is not an easy thing to do these days: try to spot them myself, try to keep the girls from getting too excited and falling off the cement walls they're standing on (only 2 feet high, but still!), trying to keep Bailey's cord up off the cement so it doesn't rub a spot in the plastic, trying to follow Bailey's direction which way to push the 200-pound box and how far and at the same time trying not to push it into the cement wall myself! Gee whiz! See what I mean?! I was mentally and physically exhausted after that. And to think we went down there just to sit at a quiet table outside in the fresh air and play a round of cards. But we had a blast! It turned into a great time and therefore a great memory.

Well, time to see what God has in store for us all this week. Hope yours is good, and we'll do our best to make ours good!



Blogger Annette said...

Your description of the lightning bugs brought back many memories. We used to sit on our stoop (back in the Bronx) in the evenings and watch the lightning bugs (yes, we did have them in New York)! We called them "fireflies". I loved the flickerings and it always made the night-time seem special. I always loved summertime!

Now that my mother is on oxygen, I can relate to the cord thing. She has a big unit in her apartment and the cord goes all around there. To go out, she has a portable unit. But for right now, it only gives her 4 hours of oxygen. She wants to get another one that can give her 6-7 hours. I hope she can - it would give her much more freedom!

I'd love to see pictures of Bailey's finished product on the loom (when she's done making it). It sounds really pretty! Bailey is a girl of many talents!

Well, I hope you have a good week. Maybe this will be THE week!

Annette :)

5:35 AM  
Blogger Aunt Debbie A said...

Good Morning Girlies,

I loved your stories about the lightning'll love this...

"What is the deal with lightning bugs?"
I mean, here is this rather ordinary looking flying insect, but
has a glow-in-the-dark rear end! What was God thinking?

I'm sure science has all kinds of explanations about how this
fluorescent fanny is useful for mating and other stuff, but why
did God choose to make the lightning bug glow?

There may be some crucial purpose for the lightning bug that I don't know about, but I have a feeling it may be quite simple.  I wonder if when God was creating all the animals and everything
around us, He came up with the idea of the lightning bug and said,
"The kids are gonna love these."

We know that God loves us enough to create all the things we need to survive, but does God love us so much He created some things just to make us smile?
Just seeing lightning bugs takes me back to those warm summer nights of my youth.  I'd be running around the back yard with my empty Mason jar, racing toward the flashing lights all around me.  I can
still feel the joy and hear the laughter echoing through my memories.

Lightning bugs were as much a part of summer as fireworks, fresh tomatoes,
and big ice-cold slabs of juicy watermelon.  God created so much diversity in this world, much more than is needed for mere survival.  He made all
of this for us, and He wants us to enjoy it.  We can get so busy surrounding ourselves with man-made goods that we don't notice the living tapestry God has laid out all around us.
I guess Lightning bugs do have a purpose after all.  They are a reminder of a creative God who loves us so much, He'd even paint the rear end of a bug.............just to see us smile!"

Isn't that great! I'll be thinking of you all today. Ang, I tried to call you lastnight at the hospital. Hope your weekend was a good one...other than the grass mowing. : ) I'll call today.

Love, Aunt Debbie x0x0x0x0x0x0x0x0x0x0

8:05 AM  
Blogger Mary Ann Lucas said...

Hi Bailey and Angie! You know Bailey, only your Aunt Debbie could write about God painting a lightning bug's fanny and make me laugh out loud! I had people look at me and say "what are you laughing at?". I told them I could never explain it! ha

It is so hot again today. I hope you are both well and I'm trying to get down there this afternoon or tomorrow afternoon. Be good my girls...thanks for my thank you Angie. It was so not necessary!

I love you too! Mary Ann

11:03 AM  
Anonymous Lindsay said...

I love Catching lighting bugs, thats good that the girls enjoyed doing that! ....about the yaya sisterhood movie..i thought it was really bad!!! did you like it?

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Angie: I just have to say this -- you know you have been at Riley too long when you have dreams about R&L and Chris C. 8-) Sorry!

We miss you terribly.


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