“A picture I took today in the Memorial Garden of one of Bob Milner’s orchids - they look like Cattleya skinner to me. Or you might know them as Easter orchids.’
“Your know that from your vast knowledge of orchids?” asked Diane.
“Well, no,” I said a bit sheepishly. “I asked Bob. But I was looking at the picture and thinking about how I miss our Garden Crew.”
“I think you are like the Very Lonely Firefly,” said Diane.
“What on earth are you talking about?” I asked with a frown on my face.
“The Eric Carle children’s book that I used to read with my first graders.”
“You are comparing me to first graders?” I said a bit huffily. “So anyway what about that firebug?”
“Firefly, not firebug. The Lonely Firefly is searching for community. The author says the book is about ‘belonging’. We all want to belong to a group, a family, our own fellow creatures.”
“Hmmm, I suppose that many of us are feeling the loss of belonging now. Wisdom for the times from a children’s book. And speaking of community, I think I will go FaceTime with our granddaughter and grandson.”
“Good idea. Do you know how to FaceTime?”
“Um no, do you?
“No, better call them and find out how.”