Despite all the insanity of my last few weeks, or maybe because of it, I was able to share a wonderful experience with my husband and the kids. My brother-in-law invited us out on his boat in the wee house of the morning to watch the Perseid meteor shower. For me it was kinda like the middle of my "day". I must admit I was tense at first, as I'm out of my element on a boat, and adding dark to that increased my unease. But eventually I got over it.
We got pretty far out from shore, cut the lights and engine and all snuggled up in blankets* and stared up at the sky. The kids wondered at all the stars they hadn't seen before and it still wasn't as brilliant as it is in the mountains with even less light pollution. Pretty soon we were counting up the shooting stars. Five, ten, fifteen and then we lost count. Felicity asked me where all those rocks had come from and I told her it was the tail of a comet. That led to more questions of "how is it everything is moving outward so fast". So I explained the Big Bang Theory, and about super massive black holes, and even the more debated theories. Both children found this fascinating and wonderful.
After a while we all fell into a comfortable silence. As I watched the play of the light of the moon on water, and an occasional meteor reflected as well I was reminded just how tiny we are in the grand scheme of the universe. It is so vast it is almost incomprehensible. It reminded me that my problems were trifling in the grand scheme and to enjoy life whenever I can.
Don't forget we live in an amazing world and that sometimes we have to remind ourselves to look at it in a child-like way. Last night I made lots of wishes as I watched the stars fall from the sky.
*Ah, lake weather. At 4am in the morning with a breeze it was pretty chilly.