We just got home, and as my husband looked up in the sky, he immediately called everyone to share his discovery. It was a clear night and all the stars were out. I had a crazy idea: “let’s all go out in the deck and watch!” The children must be tired, and who would want to sit outside on a chilly night anyway? To my surprise, the answer was a resounding and almost in chorus, “yes!”
We got in our pajamas and bundled up. Daddy and the girls spread blankets and brought some pillows out, while inside I brewed the tea. As the neighborhood retired, we were out there in the dusk, admiring the night sky. Oh, it was wonderful, looking for familiar constellations, while savoring our favorite tea. Aliyah was thankful and even dubbed this event “Mom’s Great Idea.” Marvelous concept for a tagline, I thought.
It was chilly as we marveled at the stars, and the fun did not last very long for the smallest ones. Running around in the dark must not be their image of play. I couldn’t help but reminisce when as children we would sit under the moonlight and relished the night sky while we sang and talked. Stories about the war from my father, who was just a young lad when the Philippines was under the Japanese occupation, are still vivid in my mind. We ran around and played games- the moon and the stars were our witness. The flashback made me realize that we were actually building memories right there- outside the house, under the sky. I heard my husband say unforgettable.
I took the girls in as the daddy and his ten-year old lingered a little bit more.
We have to do this again. It is the simple things that warm the hearts, isn’t it?