After a long gap due to being sick, I stepped outside under the night sky last week with my telescope. My books and the night sky were two stable things in my life as a child. Orion was the first constellation I learned about and he promptly became my friend. I would chat away with this imposing figure in the winter sky and that continues even now. His visit every year gets me excited about winter. I intended to capture starlight from the Orion Nebula before I have to say goodbye to my starry friend.
Astrophotography is a very time-consuming process which requires taking many a photo of the same object over a long span of time. I wrapped myself up with many layers of clothing for a long, cold night outside. Unfortunately, the wind had plans of its own, nudging my telescope around by being overtly playful that night. After 45 minutes and only 4 good photos, I decided to stop and continue on another night. I spent rest of the time enjoying being outside under the stars, dreaming of being a little closer to them.
My husband loves to spoil this boy by feeding him extra portions of kitty food. He was an extremely happy boy that day, full of extra food. I gave him the Union Jack pillow, and we shared the castle quilt to stay warm together. He purred and dreamed beside me while I knitted into the night.
Lulled into a peaceful state with the gentle purring of my cat, it didn’t take long for me to start dreaming as well. Ever since I was a child, I wanted to travel more than anything. Knitting warm woolens always makes me specially dream of the North. Basking in new travel plans in my head, I worked toward finishing my very first pair of knitted socks. These are keeping my perpetually cold feet wonderfully warm.
Afterwards, while flipping through an old book, I found this tucked inside. I assumed it came with the book until I realised the rubber stamps used on this were mine! I have no recollection of when I made this. I suppose such is the nature of dreams.
We don’t remember all of them, but some occasionally surface to remind us to continue to dream, reach for the stars and hope for change.
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