I’m not sure when I became so enamored with dragonflies. But I will never forget a day (long ago) when I was sitting outside reading a book, and with no prelude, a stunning dragonfly landed on the page I was reading. Its quiet approach, weightless landing, and sparkling peacock-blue iridescence took my breath away. The world stood still. Just me and that dragonfly experiencing a moment in time together that would never be again.
Dragonflies are known (among many other names) as Mosquito Hawks. If you live in the Midwest, you gotta love it! One evening this summer we were spending our usual after work, pre-dinner time outside. As lightening flashed faintly in the distant southeast, we scanned the sky for imminent rain. Looked like the storm would go south. All of a sudden I noticed that the air all around us was alive with dragonflies! There were so many of them they reminded me of the bomber squadrons in old news footage. (Dragonflies don’t fly in formation however.) I have never witnessed so many of these gorgeous creatures in one space before. Truly an amazing summer night sight. (Only later would I suppose dragonflies are also harbingers of the rain, because that night the storm did NOT miss us — we were deluged with 5+ inches, non-stop lightening, and ear-splitting thunder!)
Switching gears, but this will get ya.
A college friend that I hadn’t seen for years planned to visit us over the 4th of July weekend. I thought I would get her a little something and picked up a pewter “coin” with a dragonfly on one side and a saying on the back. When I had the guest bedroom all ready, I placed the coin on the bedside table. Needless to say with all the 4th of July hoopla and silliness, I totally forgot to tell her about the coin. So I emailed after the fact. She emailed back to let me know that she had left me a gift as well. Can you guess where this is going? She left me a beautiful dragonfly pin. It was almost too bizarre! Can you say true friends?
Take a minute today to celebrate the wonder of nature and the wonderful nature of friendship! C
- These swarms scary but good (dispatch.com)