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The Firefly and the Bat

Sunday, September 29, 2013

This evening, just at twilight as I climbed out of my car, I was greeted by the unmistakeable twinkle of a firefly. It was close enough to see the parts of his luminescent body, and I marveled that either it was too late in the season for most fireflies to be out and about, or that my life had become too rush-rush to take time to enjoy their minute light show (maybe a bit of both)

And then, out of the corner of my eye, I spotted a bat, flitting and diving just above my head.... there are millions of bats that live in caves near here, Mexican free tail bats that have discovered how convenient it is to nest even in the crevices of a major bridge in downtown Austin only 40 miles from here. The bats have become welcome celebrities for all the pollination and bug eating that they do... They come out at twilight and their swoops and dives are wonderful to behold. I love to watch them.

But I wondered if my little firefly was in danger of becoming Bat Dinner!

He may yet.

But it didn't keep him from doing right then what he did best, letting his little light shine. He was not concerned with a possible bat predator...

I wonder how often we let possible threats keep us from fulfilling our missions. Like the little firefly, I know that I want my little light to shine regardless..
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JAMER123 10/1/2013 12:09AM

    Wonderful blog, Julie! I would wonder too if the little firefly had a successful day or the bat did.
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CLPURNELL 9/30/2013 10:23PM

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BLUEANGELLK 9/30/2013 7:05PM

    What a great thought!

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DESERTDREAMERS 9/30/2013 4:53PM

    Great analogy!

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GARDENQE2 9/30/2013 4:36PM

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KAREN608 9/30/2013 3:13PM

    Lots of bats in my area in Iowa. They get into houses, walls of houses and are almost like mice in a way. I like it that they eat insects and don't really bother people other than creep them out!

Keep your light shining in all seasons!

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REXTINE1 9/30/2013 10:22AM

    There seem to be fewer lightning bugs that when I was a youth - by a very large margin. Also, the bats in the east (Ohio and Indiana) have pretty well disappeared. Rabies killed a lot of them. You're lucky to have both around still - in Florida I haven't seen either. Lots of love bugs, though.

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