Add This To Your Resource Collection:

From Plot to Narrative

Newsletter Subscribe:

Please subscribe to the Updates list. Join us for the current "A to Z Storytelling" series! Privacy assured.
* indicates required
Email Format

Get the RSS Feed


Workshops and Classes

Latest Podcast!

On ITunes

More Podcasts

Director's Blog Site

Listen To A Story:

Sojourner Truth (Mature)*
Told By

Listen To An Amphitheater Event:

Answering Machine: Advice for New Tellers with Michael Willams*

Find A Teller
Search for a teller in your area or around the world.

More Podcasts

Looking for VoiceOver?


Fire Flies
By: Ellouise Schoettler

Fire Flies
Ellouise Schoettler
July 2005

Fireworks are legal in PA.

Ever since we bought our get-away place in PA several years ago our daughter Karen waits impatiently for the Fourth so she can buy fireworks and set them off. July 3 she bought a bag full of the legal ones, sparklers and grounded spritzers. No air-borne rockets.

When it was finally dark enough we all went outside to set them off and make a show.

Most of the group went into the side yard to set off the sparklers but I sat on the deck above them - a ring side seat.

That’s when I noticed them - the fire flies.

Fire flies were darting all around the yard. They were blinking on and off as they flew across the deck where I was sitting. The air was alive with their lights.

I looked out over the yard to the meadows beyond - tiny blinking points of light flitting across the fields.

It was a splendid magical show - Nature’s fireworks.

I remembered other summer evenings in North Carolina - at my grandmother’s - when I raced around the yard catching fireflies and holding the captives in a mason jar - until I had enough that the jar seemed alive.

Granny made me let them go - "so they will come back tomorrow night."

And here they were.

Author Information:
Name: Ellouise Schoettler
All stories are under the copyright of the author. Do not use without written permission.

© 1999-2017 No content may be reproduced without the written permission of Privacy/Copyright