I read that the Perseid Meteor Shower would provide a wonderful show last night, and so I suggested that we drive out of the city after dark and watch it for a while. John thought it sounded like a good idea, so at about 11:00pm we drove out to Northampton Park in Ogden. There is a lot of light pollution in the city and we weren’t even sure if the sky was clear or overcast, but we really wanted to try to see the meteor shower.
I have never seen a shooting star or meteor. In the past, when stargazing, I always seem to be looking at the wrong part of the sky when someone sees something interesting. I was not sure that my limited vision would allow me to see any meteors, but I wanted to give it a try. This meteor shower comes annually and I could not help but think about how bad my vision might be by next August. I did not want to waste any opportunity to try to see this glorious sight.
Sam and his friend Chris decided to go with us to the park, so we drove about 20 minutes out of the city and found the park. We were afraid that it would be closed, but the parking lot was full of cars and our headlights showed that there were people scattered all over a huge field. We carried our blankets out away from other people, sprayed ourselves with bug spray, and lay down to let our eyes adjust to the darkness.
The sky was clear and there were a LOT of stars. I tried my best to soften my gaze so that I could see as much of the sky as possible. I didn’t want to focus on one part of the sky, because I was afraid I would miss the meteors. I need not have worried. We started seeing a light show right away. At one point, a beautiful light with a long white tail streaked across the sky. It made me catch my breath. It was so exciting to see it. There were many smaller meteors over the course of the hour that we lay there. Then, just as we were getting ready to leave, a huge, bright meteor lit up the sky. Everyone in the park started cheering. It was fantastic.
Watching a meteor shower was not on my list of 50 things to do. But planning an inexpensive date with John was and I think I will count our meteor shower night as a date. Having a list of things I want to do and working on arranging and completing them has created a change in me. The list started out based on fear that I will lose my eyesight but now it has more to do with joy and enjoying every moment. I find myself more willing to be spontaneous, more open to fun, more creative. I like this new person I am allowing myself to become. This is one more blessing, one more experience of grace, to spring from my deteriorating vision.