Saturday, January 1, 2011

The Stars

I have seen the most beautiful thing tonight.

I was out walking the dogs and just happened to actually look up as opposed to just watching the dogs.

The sky is perfectly clear and just...beautiful. We don't have street lights out here so it's dark enough to see the night sky for itself.

So many stars. Like the cliche - a blanket of stars. Some so very bright and distinct, some so far away that they seem to all blend together into a diffuse glow.

I think I either worried or pissed off my dogs because I just stood there for the longest time, head back, grinning like a lunatic. I felt like crying, it was just that wonderful. I even laid down on the driveway for a while.

Happy New Years everybody. :)


  1. I looked at the stars tonight too! We were at my brother's house and it was soooo dark out there, but the sky was sparkly bright. Sometimes I get home late at night and go out into the driveway and look at the stars and start singing "then sings my soul, my Savior, God to great thou art" because I am awed by the stars.

    I don't lay down in my driveway, but we have gotten towels and laid down in the yard in the grass to watch the stars. Fun!

    Happy New Year! It's 1:37 AM so I think I'm going to bed now.This is reallllly late for me! :)

  2. Susanne,


    I'm not much for looking at the stars. I even took an astronomy class years ago and immediately upon completion with an 'A' forgot everything. :)

    It just caught me last night. I went out and at first it was like there were only a few stars (because my eyes had to adjust) and then the more I looked the more there were. It was just unspeakably gorgeous.

    Hee. Well, my driveway is safer than the grass. We have red ants - Florida, don't you know. It was nice and cool last night, but not cold and I had on some comfy sweats and a jacket so if my dogs hadn't insisted that they were really ready to go in already I could have stayed out there for hours.

    Happy New Years Susie! I'm impressed you managed to stay up so late. Hope you got to sleep in to catch up. :)

  3. I cried the first time I saw wild dolphins, loch ness and saturn through a telescope in the desert in Egypt.

    I am also awed by it all.

    We are so small, I think we forget that some times.

    You had a perfect moment of "just being", a perfect cosmic moment.

    I wish I had seen it also

  4. Amber, I'm not good at picking out stuff in the sky...except maybe airplanes (ha), but still I can get mesmerized by the twinkling beauty on a clear, cold night. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

    Slice's comment reminded me of one thing that made me cry. In Maaloula we visited an area of Syria - in the mountains - where the people kept Aramaic alive. Yes, they also spoke Arabic, but still also the language likely spoken by Jesus. When a young lady spoke the Lord's Prayer in Aramaic and I thought, "Oh my...this is likely how it sounded when Jesus taught his disciples to pray," my eyes filled with tears.

    Samer noticed and I hate for people to see me cry, but, alas, it wasn't the last time for him to see me shed my "cold westerner" front. :)

    He told me I cried like a little girl the day I had to leave Damascus.

    Because I did.

  5. slice,

    I can honestly say I can't remember ever having such a moment before.

    But you're right it was just perfect. I see so much beauty in man made things I just haven't seen it in nature. Likely because I wasn't looking.

  6. Susanne,

    We really do need to learn to cry more as a people, don't we? I think it'd do us a world of good. :)

  7. Susanne, what an honour that must have been to have heard Aramaic. How wonderful.

    I think we prize things/posessions, over experiences. and we lose touch with wonder.

  8. Slice, yes, it was wonderful! I love what you said. It reminds me of something I read in a book,but I can't remember the exact words.Something like "collect experiences instead of stuff."

    I can assure you that experiencing Syria for 12 days was worth a LOT of "stuff" in my life. :)

  9. ~Its a big wide world out there. it would be a shame not to experience it. Even if it is only most of your own country.

    or if you are someone who has wanderlust, to coin a phrase from James Bond. Orbis non sufficit-the world is not enough.

    I just have guilt all the time when I travel, because of using fuel/flying. there are so many places to see and things to do. Trying to be greener etc, means no travel. Carbon offseting is rubbish talk, for people who can afford to do what they like. for the rest of us, it is another slice of guilt to add to the back pack of life.


    How apt the word verification is flyper


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