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.
Thats 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 - Natures fireworks.
I remembered other summer evenings in North Carolina - at my grandmothers - 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.