I remember almost breaking my nose falling from our giant mango tree. Well, I deserved to fall…coz I was stupid enough to climb tree trunks in the dark. My explanation – chasing fireflies!!! To be frank I wouldn’t mind falling all over again if it meant catching hold of one of those beauties. As a kid the fascination I had for fireflies was beyond my fascination for anything I want to acquire today.

The giant mango tree we have in our house used to be a treat for the eyes at night with hundreds of fireflies decorating it. I would chase them till I hurt myself or till my mother hurt me (the latter was more common). On one of the lucky days I would even see them in my room. When I would eventually catch one of them I would close my palms on it and just admire the beauty of God’s tiny little creation. As a kid, I always thought that fireflies popped out of heaven…how else would you explain the light??

The other day I was reading an article about fireflies being on the road to extinction, thanks to unfavorable habitat.

The article explained why the mango tree remained dark the last time I looked at it. There I was, standing beneath the massive trunk. My eyes craving for fluorescence, my heart aching for re living memories…re living the Good ole’ days…three words that never cease to bring a smile on my face. Alas…All that met my eyes were darkness of the darkest kind…

Thoughts and memories can be reflected in writing…depth of these feelings cannot…intensity of these emotions cannot…

Maybe this is the way of life for our generation…witnessing the loss of everything around us…everything… but us…This isn’t about fireflies…This is about every little thing that is the very essence of life…we lose these… We lose the essence…

I hope to open my eyes one day to the sight of fireflies greeting me…telling me they were not done yet.

Something tells me my hope is in vain…

For now, I can see the day when I’ll tell my kids stories about little flies that glowed with light illuminating everything around them…They would surely ask where the fireflies went..

“Well, they went back to heaven…right where they came from”, would be my answer.

Niyad

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