As a child, I was a Wauwatosan. Wauwatosa comes from the Menomonee Indians, meaning “Firefly by the River.” River courses through the middle of my hometown, lit with fireflies that provide a softness known only to my Wisconsin summers.
Growing up, I fluttered over River often, visiting a grandparent, going to school, and even when I left for college where I found a new River in Minnesota.
The methodic, near daily crossing of the river mimics the periodic pulse of a firefly’s luminescence.
All throughout my life, I have been Firefly by the River. Like a true firefly, I seek brilliant flashes too.
Note: The photograph is by Yume Cyan, a Japanese artist, who used a long-exposure technique to capture fireflies in Nagoya City, Japan.