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Simple Pleasures

June 16th, 2010 at 09:17 pm

Some things are just free to enjoy.

Last night I got home after dark and saw lightning bugs flying around I remembered the simple pleasure of lightning bugs.

As a child my mother and grandmother taught us how to catch them without damaging them and then we put them into a jar for about and 1/2 an hour. Using our imaginations we pretended we had made our own light (lamp). Then we would count them so see which of us had caught the most. Anyone damaging lightning bugs had to take a time out watching the others have fun for the rest of the evening. But, to be honest, I don't remember anyone hurting them. Then, altogether we would release them and watch a mass exodus of lightning bugs.

My brother, sister and I did the same with our children. The niece and nephews loved it just as we did. Alot of laughter and love. And, learning to love and respect nature.

My son loved turtles, any kind of turtle. On our way to daycare, we would go by, what we would call, turtle crossing. Almost every morning 1-3 box turtles were crossing the street. And, every morning I had to put my emergency flashers on and get out of the car, pick up the turtle and put it in the grass on the side of the road it wanted to be on. Today on my way home from work, I came across a box turtle trying to cross the road. Cars are trying to avoid it. I turned my car around and went back to put the turtle on the side of the road it wanted to be on. I was reminded of the joy my son and I got every morning helping the turtles.

Last but not least is watching cows wading around in their pond. I swear they look like they are smiling as they wade around. Are they really smiling? Who knows? Who cares? Maybe, its just the reflection of my smile.

Just simple pleasures and memories. Have them, make them, they are priceless!

3 Responses to “Simple Pleasures”

  1. ceejay74 Says:

    Thanks for posting this. I remember fireflies and turtles being so much fun. One of the best things about having a baby is thinking about how I'll get to experience the excitement of simple pleasures all over again, by showing them to her.

  2. momcents Says:

    Love the post - we enjoy an annual contest to see who can catch the most lightening bugs (girls vs boys). And my oldest daughter who is 12 found a painted turtle in our yard almost four years ago. We now have a big terrarium that he lives in and the funny thing about it is the kids love summer/fall when they can dig for worms and feed him. Nature does offer lots of simple pleasures!

  3. HouseHopeful Says:

    Great post! I used to LOVE chasing fireflies around. We'd catch them in our hands & then release them. Its a great memory for me & every time I see a firefly, I smile Smile

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