Patti Soldavini

Visual Symphony

In dogs, humor, pets, weimaraners, writing on 06/24/2011 at 5:57 pm

"I think I INHALED a firefly!"

As twilight began to slip away the other night, Olive and I meandered outside and stepped into the most amazing display of firefly “performance art.” There before us, in our front yard and across the street throughout the almost-knee-high cornfield, thousands of miniature yellow lights twinkled on and off, blinking at us as though they were performing a visual symphony. I felt like I was in a scene from “A River Runs Through it,” “Legends of the Fall,” or “The Color Purple.” It was such a powerful association that I could almost hear Robert Redford narrating the story. “AND IN THE TWILIGHT OF OUR YOUTH WHEN WE MUST PUT AWAY CHILDISH THINGS…” The scene was breathtaking. We stood there for a few minutes like a pair of blue Cornflowers, taking it all in, until Olive decided she wanted to take it all in LITERALLY. She starts leaping into the air like a spring-loaded jackrabbit, becoming momentarily bi-pedal, biting at the fireflies, chasing them across the lawn. Leap. Bite. Leap. Bite. Leap. Bite. Leap. Bite. Leap. Bite. It had a funny Chaplinesque quality to it, one that caused me to start laughing out loud. LOUDLY. And then Olive abruptly stops and snorts with the gusto of a bagpipe player:  “HAYUMPHHHH!” “WHAT’S THE MATTER OLIVE? DID A FIREFLY GO UP YOUR NOSE?” She looks at me for a few seconds and then goes back to leaping and biting. I stand there wondering how I got so lucky to get such a great dog. And again, it’s another one of those moments when I say to myself. “God, I can’t believe she’s really mine.”

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  1. A beautiful post! I almost felt like I was there with you two enjoying the beauty of the flying fireflies. Sweet Olive is just special and the two of you go very well together. You both enjoy life and life together and that is as it should be. I look forward to reading your posts they are all wonderful and I love coming to see what Olive has been up to. Keep having fun and thank you for sharing your special moments with us. Hugs and nose kisses…Oh, Olive we are glad you were able to sneeze that firefly out of your nose. 🙂

    • Thank you. I try hard to create a sense of “immediacy” in my writing to “transport” people from just words on a page to a “place and time.” Yes, Olive and I both stop to literally “smell the flowers” very day on our walks. Glad you enjoy!

  2. How is it you can take your reader from laughter to ‘wow’ in the moment of a sentence or two? Your writing is wonderful. Sweet sweet Olive…I can see her dancing and jumping with the fireflies and biting at them as if they were there for just that very purpose. : ) She sounds like such a gift!

    • Thanks for the compliment. It literally made my day today. I love to write; I can’ t imagine ever not writing; I guess it shows. :>) Olive is sound asleep right now and snoring. I love that sound. She’s funny. She gets cranky like a 4-year old if I keep her up or out past her bedtime.

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