Stories & Jokes
A Night's Tell
by Thomas Willis
|So the alarm went off at 3 this morning and my first impulse
was, reset it, roll over cover my head and go back to night-night
land. But then the conscience kicked in and I couldn't go back to
So I stumbled thru the darkened hallway, thru the living room,
guided by the faint glow from a tv down stairs. A sense of
melancholy swept over me for my son who's asleep in his room. He
uses the TV as a night light to keep dream monsters away. We don't
mention it any more it seems not to be a big deal. He's at that
man/child time when it's difficult to understand which haunts are
real and which are not.
I slip outside on the front deck a gaze out across the valley and
ridges to the west.
The moon's not up yet and there's a beautiful bright planet shinning
brightly in the southern sky.
I should know its name, but at 3 in the morning it evades me.
"Where are the meteors, the shooting stars, the comets!", my mind
shouts to itself.
"The sky is full of stars, but where is the big show!", it continues
Finally the voices quieten down. I ground myself in the still
darkness of the night.
My other senses start to respond. I'm suprised at how warm the night
air is, and yet how cool it is all at the same time. My thoughts
wander through the vast heavens above, way out beyond physical
vision. I'm overwhelmed by this creation, the cosmos.....
Silently in the peace of the night I turn and walk back up to the
house. A sense of modern, materialistic, man-made, busy guilt passes
through me and my soul whispers up a prayer for forgiveness. The
Elders speak to me and say: "My son, tonight you've recieved a
blessing greater than any cosmic firework show, you've been sent a
gift, in the form of a lesson. You can return to your bed and rest
in the nocturnal peace of one who has learned that each night the
heavens watch over you and stars and planets sing to you. You don't
have to have a special occasion, for each night is special, it's
just waiting on its audience."
I return to my bed....tomorrow night I will go out and look again!