Friday, September 24, 2010


The other night before bed, I told Lanie I had something special I wanted to show her. I had heard on the radio that Jupiter is as close to the earth as it will get in the next twelve years. I wanted to look for it in the night sky. Lanie in jammies, we went into the spare room, lights off, and looked out.

"What do you see?" I asked her.

"The moon and a star. There's nothing else in the sky," she said. It sure seemed like those were the only objects there.

"That star is actually a planet, and the sun is shining on it to make it so bright," I began. I told her how I had heard it won't be like this for another twelve years. "You'll be twenty then."

She considered it.

"In twelve years after that, you'll be thirty-two. Wow, Lanie, you might be married with kids of your own then. You could be showing them Jupiter in the sky!"

She considered it more. "What if I don't have any kids?"

"Then you will look in the sky and remember cuddling in my arms, how much I loved you, and a quiet night we spent looking at it together."

She beamed bright and cuddled closer. Since then, she has run to the window every night before bedtime to find it making a trail across the sky, slowly losing its brilliance. It goes so fast.


REG said...

Are you trying to make me cry? Good job.

Courtney said...

Aww. For me, it's the link at the bottom to It Goes So Fast. Sniff, sniff.