Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Unplanned Summer Evening

Yesterday was one of those evenings where I knew it was too beautiful out to spend the evening inside. With no clear destination in mind I got in my car with the dog and drove. Rolling the windows down, feeling the summer air rush through my car lifting my hair in every direction. Sandy was lying across the back seat like a great Egyptian Sphinx, her dark eyes half closed and her neck stretched out, deliriously happy feeling the air swirl around her whole being.

After driving along the river, I ended up at a friend’s house where some others had gathered for a lazy evening on their deck. The sun set in a blazing glory in the Western sky taking with it the humidity of earlier in the day. The dog ran around in the grass, dotted with white headed clover, chasing the little kids and playfully jumping around. The rest of us congregated around a few tables playing euchre, Uno, sipping white wine from stemless glasses, eating freshly hulled strawberries. Occasional laughter punctuated the air over our soft conversations, voices low so as to not disturb the neighbors. When the night grew too dark to see the cards properly, we lounged around, no one wanting to leave.

Fireflies slowly emerged from the shrubs and grass dotting the darkness with their tiny little lights, putting on a splendid light show for us. Before I knew it, I was being led across the grass in my bare feet with a plastic container in one hand, a four year olds tiny hand tightly grasping two of my fingers on the other. We ran around the yard, wiggling our toes in the dirt and grass laughing as the lightning bugs always seemed to escape our outstretched limbs. When we did manage to cup one between our hands, we opened them just enough to peer in with one eye watching the twinkling light go off and on. Sandy, who tried unsuccessfully to sneak up on unsuspecting fireflies, cocked her head to the side in bewilderment as the bugs lit up and darted away from her. When the four year olds mother called that it was time for bed, we both protested. It had been ages since I had chased fireflies and I was having entirely way too much fun for an adult. A few more joined us in our pursuit and the plastic container was left on the edge of the deck unused because we had agreed it was more fun to try to capture the fireflies and let them go.

Eventually the evening wound down to a close. Getting into the car to head home, I glanced in the rear view mirror to see Sandy thoroughly exhausted from hours of running around. When I looked at my own reflection I saw complete contentedness. I couldn’t have planned a better evening had I tried.

13 comments:

Tonya said...

Sounds like a fun and very relaxing evening. I love nights like that!

Bayjb said...

That sounds like a great night. Oh man I miss those, especially when summer rolls around.

K said...

Ya know, being content used to scare me. Im learning to embrace it. Smile :)

Fritz said...

You have such a fabulous talent for describing the perfect evening...i am so glad you had such a wonderful experience!

wekeepsaying said...

oh god this is lovely...i can't wait to be back in the midwest in august so i can do this, even if it's only by myself :) it's the moments like these that really bring you to life.

SoMi's Nilsa said...

So, you did jump in your car and just drive! Love it! Love the results! Hope you get to do this many times more in the months to come!

Frank said...

I love driving around during summer evenings with the windows down. I like the whoosh of fresh air and the sounds of the night insects.

Kyla Roma said...

So dreamy, this sounds like the perfect summer night out- I hope you have many more this year!!

amanda said...

you, my love child, are such a passionate writer.

i always feel like i am right there with you when i read. and that's just how i like it!

nory said...

Well, this entire post made me want to cry, in the best way possible.

I've noticed that since you've been posting less you've really found your blog voice; great writing, poetic, beautiful and goosebump worthy.

This post makes me want to hop in my car and drive to meet you right now! Seriously, why can't OH and MO be closer?? Sigh.

I hope you have many more fun nights like this over the coming months =)

Ashley said...

Sounds like an awesome night. I love Summer evenings. They're magical.

EP said...

Summer evenings like that are the best. It sounds like y'all had an amazing time, and I look forward to the night I can do something similar. I haven't seen a firefly in ages!

Auburn Kat said...

Seriously, I just love fireflies!!! I cant wait to go home this wknd and see some again!