Patterned Pleated Skirt, White Flats: Thrifted.
Bow Dress (worn as a top): H&M.
Red Beret, Cameo Ring: Target.
When I was younger I loved to catch firelflies. As the sun descended beneath the tree tops and the clouds turned a beautiful cotton candy pink I would step out in my bare feet into the dusk. Their brilliant lights would start blinking. First I'd see one. Then two. Then thousands of blinking little lights.
They would always fly so far above my head. So far I couldn't reach them. I'd stand on my tippy toes, only to be disappointed when it flew out of my grasp and to the moon. It always seemed they were quicker than my little feet could run. I would see the neon yellow hue, run to it as fast as I could, only to see is disipate into the darkness. Almost like I had imagined the whole thing.
They're tricky creatures. Hard to catch and not wanting to be. But once they're caught? They're a child's perfect little pet. I always treated them with such care when I would finally capture my prize. Cupping my hands gently around the tiny body and peeking at it through the cracks. It would blink. On, off, on, off. I always tried to make a home for it, not wanting to let go my precious little prize. I would poke holes in the top of a mason jar, fill it with leaves, and put a little puddle of water. I was never even sure what fireflies ate.
I could have kept them forever. Adding them to my pet collection with my kitty cat. I knew it wasn't right though. That they would die quickly and wither way. Blinking no more. I always let them go. Using my hand as a take off pad, they would fly into the sky to be held by another little child.
Fireflies represent a lot of things. Childhood. Innocence. Adventure. Hope. Summertime. Imagination. I don't catch fireflies anymore and the other day I was thinking- what a shame. I want to be taken back to that magical place I would go so many summers ago. When I was little, carefree, and all I cared about was catching a firefly.
Why don't you go catch a firefly tonight?
With much love, Lauren.