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Seeing stars

Walking with my son, I tried to point out the stars to him. He told me we couldn’t see them. “You have to be on the grass to see the stars!”

“Well, I guess that means we can’t see the stars, because we don’t have our own grass.” The moment I spoke the words, I saw how ridiculous they were.

Once we got back to our place, I laid out one of our blankets on the shared lawn. Li’l D rested his head on my tummy and we looked up on at the moon together.

“People live on the moon!””They do, huh?”

“Yeah! And there are one two three four five six lotsa lotsa lotsa more stars!”

Turns out you don’t need your very own lawn to lay down and enjoy sharing the night sky with a little one.

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  1. November 25, 2012 at 3:35 pm

    This began as a Facebook post, but I’m going to start experiment with posting these slices of life here instead of there.

  2. November 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm

    It’s a neat slice. I really miss the old station wagons with their fold-down tail gates. You could lie with your head out, watching the stars (more like drive-in movies, with the light pollution), and keep your feet and legs warm from the car heater. Try THAT with your lift-up hatch on your minivan! :p πŸ˜€

    • November 26, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      I still remember going to sleep in one car and waking up in just such an old station wagon, complete with wooden side panels! We watched a few drive-in movies in one of our own, but I’m not sure we ever watched the stars. Sweet memories regardless. πŸ˜‰

  3. November 25, 2012 at 4:43 pm

    It’s nice to take a moment and share the sky with the ones we love! I think our children always shine the brightest in our eyes.

    • November 26, 2012 at 8:27 pm

      I get so used to thinking that the sky in L.A. is void of stars, when really, I just have to look a little harder to see them–and the looking, in the right company, is marvelous! Our children are indeed the brightest stars of all.

  4. November 26, 2012 at 1:00 am

    Very sweet – he’s a clever boy that son of yours. Already appreciating the important things in life.

  5. November 26, 2012 at 2:37 am

    So sweet. It’s neat to watch a little mind work to understand something so huge as the sky.

    • November 26, 2012 at 8:30 pm

      It is! I want to document as many of these moments as I can. Someday, his mind will grasp much more than mine does, and I’ll look back at these moments and marvel how something once so tiny can become so enormous . . . and enormously wonderful.

  6. November 26, 2012 at 3:07 am

    I would wake my grandkids up when we were “camping” (35 foot travel trailer with shower, microwave, etc) just to go outside in the dewy darkness to see the millions of stars visible away from any cities. I love to see the wonder and enchantment…

    • November 26, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      That really does sound enchanting! I hope to do a little camping like this with Li’l D in the future. A little sleep lost is worth this wonder.

  7. November 26, 2012 at 5:47 am

    Love, love this! More, more. May this not just be an experiment (I don’t think it will be)–listen (I know you will)–there’s a lot of material out there!

    • November 26, 2012 at 8:33 pm

      Thank you! ♥ I think this kind of post in going to stick! In fact, now that I’ve tried posting one here, I can’t imagine why I ever posted like ones elsewhere . . .

  8. November 26, 2012 at 7:05 am

    I love this! It feel like you could make an entire book of poems out of these moments with Li’l D!

    • November 26, 2012 at 8:34 pm

      The next one is already brewing! I got a lecture from the little guy, but it was a sweet and important one. ♥

  9. November 26, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    We all need a little more ridiculous in our lives, I reckon.

  10. November 26, 2012 at 5:28 pm

    Loved this!

  11. November 27, 2012 at 12:58 pm

    No, Deb, you are correct. You don’t need your “own” lawn to look up at the stars, or to have a picnic, or to enjoy the warmth of lying on a blanket in the sun. Just pull up some community green and enjoy. πŸ™‚ The Yellow Sub is planted right next to a community lawn area, and I love it. We use it as our own, too. The stars…one of my favorite things to enjoy. And, it is a little harder to see them in the big city, but for sure you can. When you get a chance, drive north to Central Cali where you can stay the weekend (for free) and enjoy them more brightly lit! Consider that an invite for after our meeting in December, okay? This was a great piece! Love ya! XOXO-Kasey

  12. November 27, 2012 at 11:58 pm

    Loved this. Actually, I too enjoy looking at the stars. I hope your son is aiming at the sky. I wish that he will reach all the heights of success in his life.

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