Cicadas!

May. 29th, 2007 12:29 pm
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We got back from Wiscon early last night. Walking around the block after dinner we wondered, where were the cicadas? They had just been emerging as we left on Friday. Where was the overwhelming racket we'd been promised? Had we missed them? Don't worry, our neighbor assured us--they're out, they just take a couple of days to learn how to sing.

This morning, they've figured it out. The oldest trees are covered with cicadas. The silhouettes of trunks are raggedy with them even from the other side of the yard, even from my second story office window. Now I can hear the high-pitched chirr outside, rising and falling over Stan Rogers' baritone.

If they did this every year, I would probably find it annoying. But every 17 years? That's automatically cool. They're a mark of permanence and regularity, and the failure of the suburbs to triumph entirely over nature. They're a common experience binding everyone who hears them.

It is, of course, entirely possible that in a month I will be somewhat less enamoured.

Date: 2007-05-29 08:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adrian-turtle.livejournal.com
Hello! It was good to meet you.

Date: 2007-05-29 08:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashnistrike.livejournal.com
It was good to meet you too. I hope your trip home was not too onerous.

Date: 2007-06-01 03:05 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] okk-t-gain.livejournal.com
Hey there! I just popped by your journal because I'm doing [livejournal.com profile] novel_in_90 as well, and I'm also a Chicagoan.

Are you involved in any writer's groups? I used to be in a really great one out by College of DuPage, but since I moved to the city six years ago, I haven't really connected with the writing community at all. I should probably put myself out there a bit more.

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and introduce myself.
...And let me know when you plan your next trip to The Field Museum. Let's just say I could hook you up. :P

Date: 2007-06-01 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ashnistrike.livejournal.com
Cool--we're always glad to meet more locals. I'm not in any writer's groups unless you count Nin90, or the loose network of writer friends who beta for each other.

Probably the next time we'll be at the Field will be for the Darwin exhibit member's preview. Why, you know one of the trilobytes? :)

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