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You would not believe your eyes

“You would not believe your eyes1afirelfy2
If ten million fireflies
Lit up the world as I fell asleep
‘Cause they’d fill the open air
And leave tear drops everywhere…”~Owl City

Have you ever watched fireflies?
In a garden? A field? By a stream?
Bright lights that fade in and out.
There, but not there.

Fireflies, so often in film, TV, books, art…but the trick with all mediums, is to be able to convey your message.1afirefly1

Fireflies by Owl City was wickedly catchy, very wrong, now it’s in my head again.

Even with a fantastic cast, the movie, Fireflies in the Garden (2008) was too predictable with clunky dialogue that dulled the lovely messages and performances by Julia Roberts, Emily Watson, Carrie-Anne Moss, Willem Dafoe, Ryan Reynolds, Hayden Panettiere, and Ioan Gruffudd. I think it was trying to say that life flits around, bright, then dark, bright again, dark, bright, dark, bright…don’t let the dark times overshadow the bright ones.

Joss Whedon’s short-lived, but beloved space western, Firefly, starring Nathan Fillion (Castle) sauntered into many of our hearts and stayed long after it’s brilliance faded into the ether.firefly9Studio Ghibli’s anime classic, Grave of the Fireflies (1988) was darker, highlighting the horrible impact of war, especially on children. Children should never pay the price of adult games. The 1967 book by Akiyuki Nosaka will make you cry only slightly less.

So fireflies dash in and out of pop culture and our days; seasons change, as do our lives. Fireflies, like people burn brightly in your life, then are gone. The warmth of the memories they leave never fades.




Very me

38 thoughts on “You would not believe your eyes

  1. I always thought fireflies were made-up creatures that only existed in fairy tales. It wasn’t until I moved from California to Virginia that I saw my first one and I was completely amazed! I was eighteen years old by then. The only time I had ever seen them before that, was at Disneyland at the Pirates of the Caribbean Restaurant. So, I just assumed they were made-up like most other things that Disney created. I also thought corn cribs were aviaries until I moved to Wisconsin. I can only laugh at myself and shake my head. 😉


  2. Any post with quotes from Dwight Schrute is my kind of post! Which kind of near is better….? That’s debatable


      1. A guy in the job is Dwight K Schrute sans a The Beet Farm… Would want to spend a night in Schrute Farms water valve room?


      2. I think Michael Scott said it best, “Dwight! Why don’t you grow something people like… Like candy!”


  3. I’ve never seen fireflies, but I believe I can imagine them.
    Your last two sentences are fantastic:
    “Fireflies, like people burn brightly in your life, then are gone. The warmth of the memories they leave never fades.”
    ❤ ❤ ❤


  4. In my life, we’ve called them lightning bugs, Donna. I have no idea why, or how that started. But I still do. When I grew up on Long Island, down by New York City, they always were in our backyard on July Fourth and about a week before and after. Here in Syracuse, the lightning bug season seems to be shorter, still around our Independence Day. I like the fleeting sweetness. Thanks for your cool reminder.


  5. I miss lightening bugs. We can’t have them here in my part of Texas. They breed in the ground and we opted to have fire ants (RIFA) instead. The ants eliminated our ticks (hooray) and our fireflies (boo).


  6. Sigh…I believe a comment I made one time regarding that Owl City song was that it made me want to stab someone…I hate it.
    That being said, I do love fireflies.
    But I hate that song, that is now stuck in my head!


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