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May bring the flavors of strawberries and asparagus. These contain the scents of orange blossoms, spirea, lilacs, and roses — the delights of life. Perhaps for these reasons the month of May is chosen by many for weddings, christenings, communions, and confirmations, and many events in the gardens and squares. This month reminds me of childhood and fireflies. The first warm days allow children to linger in the garden after dark. It was fun to chase these insects with their luminous bodies intermittently punctuated the night. I miss those months of May, because in my garden, the fireflies are increasingly rare.


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