“Mine is the night, with all her stars.”

I slept with an open window and fresh air last night, the first night in a long time without the air conditioning blasting. Tonight and the next few nights should be about the same. The humidity will return on Monday. I mean, really, what’s August without sweating at the least bit of activity, needing multiple showers each day just to feel clean and being constantly grouchy and tired from the heat.

Tonight is the Perseid meteor shower with the best viewing around 4 or 5 AM. I’ll be out there with my lounge chair just waiting to be awed. It’s  a yearly ritual for me. I take a nap in the late afternoon so I can be up all hours. Around 3 I head outside and get comfy. One year the meteors were so beautiful and plentiful I couldn’t help but ooh and ah out loud, but nobody heard me. All the houses around me were dark. I was the only spectator lucky enough to be watching the most beautiful display in the night sky.

The stars are overpowering in their beauty. Some nights they fill the sky, and I sit outside just to look. When I was a little kid, a falling star was an event. The first one to see it would yell and point and we’d all make wishes. Back then there were far fewer man made lights to compete with a starry night, and the sky was always ablaze with twinkling stars. I remember my dad pointing out the North Star and the big and little dippers. He said we’d never get lost if we knew where to look. I remember the trail of light, the Milky Way, looking like a road across the sky. Nothing was better on a hot summer night than lying on the cool grass looking at the night sky and hoping to see a falling star.

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8 Comments on ““Mine is the night, with all her stars.””

  1. olof1 Says:

    I´ll miss the meteors this year too, It seemes we always have a cloudy sky nowdays. I love to look at the sky imagine myself travel far away, where no man gone before 🙂 Mostly I do that wintertime since we cam´t see many stars here during summer with our long days. It+s not as nice lying on a snowy cold ground though 🙂 🙂 But having a thermos with hot cocoa helps a lot 🙂

    I posted the last of my Kvänum photos today.
    Have a great day now!
    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      I’m afraid it it might be cloudy as they rolled in this afternoon. I’ll go to bed and then get up hoping the sky will be clear.

      For the November meteor shower I bundle up, fill a thermos with coffee and hope not to freeze. I run in the house every now and then to get warm.

      I’ll be dropping by to visit.

  2. sprite Says:

    The night sky is one of the things I miss most by living in the city. This time of year it’s particularly beautiful.

    • katry Says:

      sprite,
      I love the summer sky because it is so warm at night, and I can sit outside for the longest time. The winter sky always seems still as if frozen by the cold.

  3. splendid Says:

    kat
    we have many clouds here today
    i am hopeful they will blow way by early morn
    youngest doll and i will head out for the country
    in the wee hours if it is clear

    • katry Says:

      splendid,
      I too am hoping the clouds go away. The last few years the sky hasn’t cooperated.

      I hope you get to see them!!

  4. Caryn Says:

    Hi Kat,
    I will probably sleep through the Perseids this time. I worked today and am a bit tired.
    I have a particularly fond memory of meteor viewing that happened maybe 10 years ago. I don’t remember which meteor shower, something in the cold time of the year that would be at peak around 3AM or 4AM. My then 80 year old mother had heard about them and told me to wake her up to see them. I happened to be awake at 3AM that morning and saw some meteors out of my window. I counted maybe 3 in 5 minutes so I figured I had better wake my mom and go outside to watch. There we were, in the back yard, freezing in our pj’s, watching multiple meteors cross the sky. My mother was thrilled. “All my life”. she said, “I’ve only ever seen one shooting star at a time. Now I see dozens. It wonderful.” I was glad that I woke her up and watched with her.

    • katry Says:

      Caryn,
      What a wonderful memory and such an amazing shared experience.

      I can imagine the two of you freezing but so unwilling to go inside and miss the beauty of the stars. It was an adventure.


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