‘Why Do You Still Have Lightning Bugs? Ours Are All Gone.’


We’ve lost a few trees here over the decades, and our neighborhood has lost uncountably more. But there are still many trees in this yard. Every year we plant new saplings, and together the trees, old and young, make a sanctuary for us all, humans and lightning bugs alike. We leave the leaves where they fall, and the leaves offer still more shelter for insects under the sheltering trees. There are fewer insects now anyway, despite my best efforts, but as spring gives way to summer, lightning bugs still rise up from our yard, blinking in the last light of day.

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