Orion’s Belt

20 Apr

I looked up at the stars the other night. It’s such a rare thing for me anymore that I had to think about the last time I stopped to take in the view. This time, I was running through my neighborhood on a clear evening. Instead of looking down at the ground so I don’t trip or step in a dog’s gift to the sidewalk or keeping my eyes forward so I keep moving in that same direction, my attention shifted toward the sky. Spotting the Big Dipper was as easy as it ever was. Like riding a bike.

I remember how much I used to love star gazing. Sitting on the front porch of my childhood home with a glass of my mom’s iced tea keeping me company. I felt so free being old enough to sit out at night by myself. (Sure, many nights I was hoping some boy I liked would drive by my house. On a rare occasion, that would actually happen.) For the most part though, I sat there and let the stars hypnotize me as I thought out love stories in my mind.

Starry nights used to have such an “An American Tail” feel for me as well. The sky was the one thing that I felt connected Andrew to me when we were oceans apart. I know it sounds cheesy, but I couldn’t help but think of the song “Somewhere Out There” when I was in Georgia and he was in Kosovo and Kuwait/Iraq. Although, I know he wouldn’t wish on the same star because he’s not into all that hogwash.

I’m not sure when I started taking the stars for granted. If it wasn’t for that recent run and Nia’s new knowledge and fascination with the solar system, my eyes would still be shooting straight ahead. Recently, she pointed at the sky and said, “There’s Orion’s Belt.” Something I never knew. I can’t wait for her to teach me more.

Solar System by Nia

Solar System by Nia

3 Responses to “Orion’s Belt”

  1. Baddest Mother Ever April 22, 2013 at 9:43 am #

    Orion is the only one I can ever find! I used to see him at 5am when I was going to boot camp and loved having the company. When we went to Brasil, I spent lots of time out in the dark staring at a whole sky I had never seen before!

    • areyouzhazha April 23, 2013 at 8:29 pm #

      I want to learn more about the stars but I think my brain will revolt. A bucket list checkbox of mine is to see the stars from another “sky.”

      • Baddest Mother Ever April 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

        It’s worth it, but you’ll spend a lot of time singing that song, “Southern Cross.” Next up, I want to see the Northern Lights.

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