Because I was raised living on military bases, the stuff that I saw as a kid was very different than other kids. As a result, when I was about six or seven and saw my first dragonfly, I was convinced that it was some sort of miniature helicopter. After all, I had seen Huey Cobras and Chinooks my entire life. It was a long time before I got close enough to one to know that it was indeed some sort of insect.
Tonight I noticed that the tree by my front door had become some sort of resting place for dragonflies. I took a minute and watched them, remembering what it was like when I was a kid. Seeing one for the first time...wondering how the Army was flying those little helicopters.
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