I infrequently make new year resolutions. This year, I resolve to see fireflies. I remember fireflies in Florida only rarely and many decades ago. I remember them well in more recent years in Georgia, Michigan, and Trinidad.

I’ve talked a lot about fireflies in recent years, enough that folks have shared their stories of fireflies, and to learn that they are called cucullo in Spanish in Puerto Rico. I’ve asked folks who live in places with fireflies if they’ve seen them. In a few instances, my question clearly did not make sense, and instead of a simple “yes, last summer,” people gifted me with stories of watching fireflies during childhood summer nights.

Thinking about fireflies and peaceful summer nights beings me great joy. I hope we all have peace and joy in the coming year.