Monday, July 18, 2011
One Act Play: Lightning Bugs at Play
ONE ACT PLAY:
Lightning Bugs at Play
A mother and her five year old son outside on a summer evening admiring the lightning bugs.
Why do lightning bugs light up?
Well, I’m not really sure, sweetie. It’s just the way they have adapted to the world, and it’s a special way they communicate with each other.
So, it’s kind of like talking?
Yeah, kind of. Or maybe it’s their way of playing a game.
You mean like tag?
Maybe. What do you think?
I think they’re playing hide and go seek. They flash their lights to try and find each other.
You might be right.
Or maybe they’re afraid of the dark.
Could be. They do live outside though, so they’re pretty used to the dark.
I’m afraid of the dark.
Because I don’t have a special light to keep me safe.
Would a light help you feel safe?
Yes, but I want it to look like a lightning bug.
Maybe we can think about how to do that. For tonight, you can look out your window before you go to sleep and see all the lightning bugs blinking just for you. Their light will keep you safe.
I like lightning bugs. Do you like lighting bugs, mom?
Yes, I like them very much. But I love my little boy the most.
Time for a bath and bedtime story. Goodnight lightning bugs.
Goodnight lighting bugs. Don’t be afraid. I’ll be right inside if you need me.