freewheeling through an endless diamond sky

June 24, 2011 at 9:45 pm 1 comment

I love stars. This doesn’t mean I know much about them or take it upon myself to study them in my spare time – if you’re lucky, I’ll find the Big Dipper, and I’ll probably confuse the North Star with a plane or a planet. (Hey, both of them are bright, right?)

But they’re beautiful. And I fully agree with Aladdin’s calling it “an endless diamond sky” – if you look up, doesn’t it look like a swath of black velvet, held in place by hundreds and thousands of diamond pins?

There’s a kind of funny story behind why I think they’re so stunning: I probably only saw stars three times before I was eighteen. If that.

However did I manage that?

Quite simply, I didn’t realize I had terrible eyesight. (There’s a funny story there, too. But seriously: you try explaining to a child that they see things blurry: “No I don’t! What’s blurry?”) And when I did have glasses – which I’ve had for most of my life, but didn’t realize I probably should be wearing all the time until I was, cough, eighteen – I only wore them to do “far away” things. Like watch TV or something.  I wasn’t usually wearing my glasses whenever we’d be out at night.

So I’d look up at the stars. And for eighteen years of my life, I assumed that every time I went outside it was cloudy.

Then I started actually wearing my glasses. And got contacts. And may or may not have been a little stunned the first time I realized that it wasn’t cloudy out!

The end.

I’m not going to draw life lessons from this post. Or turn it into a really entertaining little story, because I’m too tired. And there really wasn’t a purpose – beyond the fact that it’s currently nighttime, I love stars, and they’re still a beautiful and unexpected marvel to me. So I thought they deserved a public celebration.

 

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Ellie  |  June 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    It can actually be an analogy – that story. Because when we know about God, we go around assuming everything looks normal. But then when we get to know God, He starts revealing things to us and they become clearer 🙂

    There’s my inspirational tie for you!

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