A post, or something like it

by Jennifer on November 21, 2008

I had so much fun bringing you all in on the three-part story this week that Holly and Madge and I shared. Thanks for all of your great comments, and for playing along with us.

Now it’s Friday and the end of a very long week, and I’m exhausted.  The holidays and the end of the year are sliding toward me like a kid on skates, all crazy arms and no way to stop without falling down.

So maybe I’ll fall, too. Except then no one would eat turkey or watch the parade on Thanksgiving or get presents on Christmas morning. And I’d miss my one chance each year to eat pecan pie without guilt. And I do make good gravy. And decorate a pretty tree.

No falling, then.

Last weekend at the observatory, one of the guides said something that I knew already, in an academic sense, but for some reason it felt like he had just said something big. He said, “When you go outside and look at the sky, remember that you’re looking at the past.” Meaning, of course, that the light left those stars long ago, and we’re just seeing it now.

The past altering our perception of the present – making it more bearable, more beautiful, even. (Of course, it can work the other way, too, but let’s not talk about that tonight.)

And past or present, it was so damn beautiful. That night, the sky was so thick with stars that we could barely pick out the constellations.

The darker the sky…

(you know I’m going to say it, like it’s some kind of cheesy, feel-good Hallmark card…)

…the more stars we can see.

Really dark sky. More stars. Got it.

Enough chicken soup for the ever-loving soul. Now, I’m going to send you over to a conversation that had me doubled over laughing tonight. A few weeks ago, on my birthday, Madge wrote a Ten Things Tuesday post for me in which #9 revealed that we can laugh and then cry, without segue, about a particular topic. We’ll let you in on it, and you’ll either laugh or think we’re nuts. (We’re hoping for the first, but the last wouldn’t hurt our feelings. Rest and doctor-prescribed psychotropic drugs. Show me a mom who would turn that down.)

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

flutter November 21, 2008 at 9:43 pm

show me anyone who would turn that down!

flutters last blog post..Therapy notes :A little disconcerting

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anymommy November 22, 2008 at 2:45 am

I loved the Holly/Madge/Jenn story. It brightened my week. And, now I’m going out to look at the stars.

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Madge November 22, 2008 at 6:41 am

oh, i love the thing about the stars and the past and the dark sky and the more stars.

although, honestly, i thought it was the darker the sky, the harder the drinks, but i guess that’s just six of one have a dozen of another

Madges last blog post..What Time Is It?

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jenrantsraves November 22, 2008 at 9:18 am

That is hysterical! I’m at I-can’t-remember-what-your-penis-looks-like-when-did-we-last-have-sex? o clock myself.

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Franki November 22, 2008 at 3:02 pm

yeah, is wine still for sissies if wine-thirty is 10 am?

i didn’t think so.

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flutter November 22, 2008 at 9:58 pm

lowell observatory in flag, is so perfect for dark, cold skies

flutters last blog post..Therapy notes :A little disconcerting

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reluctantfarmchik November 23, 2008 at 7:11 am

This post (the post & the link) qualify for a bipolar diagnosis. It’s all part of the balance, right!?

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Louise November 23, 2008 at 11:13 am

Really, I don’t see much wrong with WTF o’clock!

Louises last blog post..In Honor of My Mother’s Birthday

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cce November 23, 2008 at 3:15 pm

Uhhmmm, at my house it’s
We-Did-Get-Our-Own-Beds-O’clock because it’s been I-can’t- remember-what-your-penis-looks-like-o’clock for a long time and I’m pretty honest about needing it to be I’d-rather-sleep- without-you-snoring-in-my-ear-o’clock if it’s already I’m-not- getting-any-o’clock.
Very funny, you two.

cces last blog post..Cruel

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melissa November 23, 2008 at 6:19 pm

Ah, poignant and hilarious. You exceed expectations in a single post:)

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Jenn @ Juggling Life November 23, 2008 at 9:56 pm

Maybe it’s for the best you to don’t live next door to one another!

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