The night before

December 24, 2017  •  Leave a Comment


With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore:

"Twas the night before Christmas

And by the porch light.

The Winter Moths gathered.

It was really a fright.

I hadn't seen so many in a few weeks, and with a taste of warmth in the air—so much for a white Christmas—those male pests came out in the hundreds to search for their flightless mates. I took a quick look, photographed the horde, and then went back inside to engage in the most traditional of Christmas Eve pursuits: helping to put together a toy for my granddaughter Stasia. The high-stakes and too-often-late requirement used to fill me with dread, but, with the able assistance of my brother and my son, this job proved relatively straight-forward, even, I should add, fun. When we finished, the moths were still there and busy.


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