As I lowered the shades outside the living room door to the patio tonight I glanced up and just before the metal shade on the outside of the window fell across my vision I saw out in the night sky something beautiful and full of wonder.
In the cloudless cold sky sat the most amazing inky black night filled with what seemed thousands of stars so bright and pure. I caught my breath and stared as I once again moved the shade this time up so that I could for a moment gaze at the sky.
It is amazing. When I will see such a sight again I don’t know. As I have frequently both lamented and praised we live in the country next to the city. From my living room window, which is the back of our house, we sit three stories up. The huge picture window shows me the cows and horses on the hill opposite the road. Out my kitchen window, the front of the house, and up two streets of the hill my house is perched on, are horse stables and a riding school.
But in ten short minutes I can be in the zentrum drinking a Starbucks and taking in the city’s pedestrian squares.
It is an amazing thing these stars tonight, so bright and high in the sky. In fact I had to pick up my phone and type this out so that by morning I would have this memory written and not once again forgotten to a nights dreams as so many of my thoughts are as I wait for sleep to pull me under.
But maybe the vision I saw tonight was a dream it’s hard to say. As I lay on the couch attempting a more quiet night of sleep away from the toddlers nightly crying spells I wonder if everyone else has seen what I have and if there are others out there enjoying such a sight.
I like to think I am not the only one for whom the sight of stars has created a moment of quiet reflection and inner peace.