I grew up in the Cleveland area- so I kind of took lightning bugs (aka fireflies) for granted.

The glowing-ass of these insects was just another part of summertime fun like the ice cream man and the trucks that went around spraying poison in the air to kill mosquitoes.

But then I spent a lot of time living out west and overseas where, in case you didn’t already know, they don’t have nocturnal, glowy-assed insects.

There are a lot of things I missed about living in Ohio- but I never would have included lightning bugs in that list until tonight.

Here’s a photo of the first one I saw this year…

It’s nice to be home.