Yippee! A quick search revealed that the Perseid Meteor Shower will be at its peak on August 12. I was a bit worried that it would happen in the wee hours of a school day (1st day is August 16!) and I would need to visit St*rbucks on my way to the classroom.
I'll drag a blanket to our driveway around midnight, hoping a few children will join me. MidBro usually hangs in there and is rewarded by the "shooting stars" that streak overhead. Last year, we were treated to an amazing show as the meteors seemed to land just across our valley.
Twenty-eight years ago, standing next to someone I thought I'd never forget, it seemed that the stars fell all around us as we anticipated a long goodbye. It's been almost that many years since I saw that boy, but the Perseid's arrive every summer, reminding me to check in with the starry-eyed eighteen-year-old girl who still resides in a corner of my heart.
When she sees the blue-eyed children snuggled up with me, she smiles.