Tis the season for the Perseid Meteor Shower.
The shower’s peak early tomorrow, August 12th, between 2 am and sunrise. Reports also say that many meteors may be seen in the next few mornings.
Early this morning, around 2, I had to get up to go to the bathroom. I thought about going out to observe the meteor shower for a few minutes.
Things for me to consider: night critters, the cool night air, and being alone.
Did I go back to bed? No.
I put on Bob’s robe, still hanging in our bedroom, and stepped out on the upper deck of the house. There wouldn’t be any critters up there.
The waning moon was bright, but if I turned my face away from it the sky was darker and made it easier for me to watch for meteors.
The night was beautiful, calm and cool.
It wasn’t too long before I saw a flash in the sky. That meteor made me happy.
In past summers, when family camped here, we’d all stay up and look at the night sky.
I miss those days but I especially miss Bob’s company.
I also missed my friend Colleen Sutherland. Living in town meant Colleen couldn’t see the night sky well enough for the shower. One early morning, Colleen and a few others came to watch the Perseid Shower at our home.
We were bundled up for a very cool, damp morning. Hot cocoa was sipped as we settled down on our lawn chairs, chatting, and waiting.
A ground fog rolled in. I don’t remember if we saw any meteors before it arrived, but I still remember the time I spent with my friends.
This morning, I stayed up about 20 minutes and saw six meteors flash by, and then I went back to bed, happy I had made the trip out–I’ll probably go out again tonight as the weather will be about the same.
I hope you see a meteor and make a wish as it streaks across the sky.
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