Wednesday, May 7, 2014

"What is the good of your stars and trees, your sunrise and the wind, if they do not enter into our daily lives?"  ~ E. M. Forster

The "Santa Ana's" are blasting through the Hills! I can't stand them! These winds have been roaring for 2 days now. There is a slight possibility that they might slow down tomorrow... NOT SOON ENOUGH! They scream like banshees... For those of you who're not Irish, they sound like screetching barn owls... Never lived on a farm, you say... Hmmm... All I can say, then, is that these winds gusted up to 75 mph today HERE at our house! They are so cagey that they whipped their way between our house and my prettiest 4-foot tall planter, knocking it to the ground. It's shattered!

Now our house is joining in with "Santa Ana's," adding creaking and sighing to the "music!" Come on now, house! Be quiet!!! You're supposed to be on OUR side!

Well, at least the stars are quiet... just floating up there, glittering. "Star light, Star bright, First Star I see tonight, Wish I may, Wish I might, Have the wish I wish tonight..." is what I said when I was little. I loved looking up at those stars, but I learned later that I had never really seen the stars in the sky at all!

It was when Richard's company sent him to Montana to help oversee a large government project near Conrad that I really saw stars! Richard and I had only been married about 7 years when he had to go. Every night when I got home from school there in Omaha, Nebraska, the phone would ring, and it'd be Richard, telling me about his day. He came home one weekend a month during that long 9 months period. 

One day in January I went to our mailbox and there was a letter from Richard with a photo of him standing under the temperature sign on the corner in Conrad, Montana. My husband, a man who thinks if it is 75 degrees outside, he needs to put on his heaviest sweater, was standing in a snow-mobile suit under the temperature sign on the bank building.  It read -45 degrees!!! 

When Spring finally melted the snow and stopped the "black ice" from forming on the highways, the company brought in trailers so the wives could come to Montana. So, I flew to Great Falls and saw Montana for the first time in my life.

Richard and I got into the car to drive down that dark, dark highway to Conrad and our new "home." When I got out of the car and looked up, someone had salted the entire sky! Of course, I knew that there were more stars in the sky than could be counted, but I'd never seen it before like this! Just that piece of sky over Conrad made me understand why Montana's called "The Big Sky" state.  I'd always known that I was less than a gritty grain of sand on the beach when you consider all the people who've lived on this place called Earth. But when I looked up there... I wasn't even one measly atom!            

1 comment:

  1. It's true, we don't see the stars very well around here. I love traveling somewhere where you can actually see them.