Dancing with Fireflies is a story of our family living in the darkness and intermittent light of my mother's paranoid schizophrenia. It is about three brothers dancing to the hide-and-seek choreography demanded by my mother's voices in our own search for safety; A telling of my father's stubborn determination to keep his family together, trying to fix what can't be fixed; and the near-tragedy prevented by his three young boys when he reached his breaking point. My mother's own history is woven into this memoir, shedding light and perhaps some understanding of the darkness into which she was so often called; a frightening place she never asked to visit. Despite the veil of mental illness which surrounded my family, we had our moments of laughter and gratitude for those treasured moments when the sunshine, however briefly, illuminated us. We shared adventures that all families experience. The reader need not be a survivor of mental illness to appreciate our story. Most of all, this is a story of healing between me, the oldest son, and my mother---years after her death.