On a recent night, Wampus ventured out on our deck overlooking Sleepy Creek Lake. From out of the darkness drifted a small, blinking yellow light.
It was a lightning bug - a.k.a. "firefly."
Big deal? You're durn tootin' it was. I hadn't seen one in years. And this was only one.
What happened to the lightning bugs? When I was a youngster they punctuated the darkness like the Milky Way decorates ths sky. Young'uns caught them and put them in jars. Or stuck the "lights" on their fingers to simulate diamonds.
Then, perhaps gradually, they were gone.
Where did they go.
When did they go...