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Finally! the Fireflies Return

We finally had the chance to see fireflies again.  We had been anxiously awaiting their arrival.  We pulled an old book off the shelf - a lovely story about fireflies from my childhood, The Fireflies, by Max Bollinger.  I put this in a much older post, two summers ago: Firefly Watch

When we were down near the beach, Monday evening, there certainly were many more fireflies, and the children were elated to finally see them.  Little Man was so happy to have one crawl on him, though I had to help him out a bit, he wasn't able to catch them.


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