About 6 years ago, on a crisp, clear, starry night I walked from my house to my neighbor’s house. I could see my neighbor, Jim, busy setting up his professional telescope.
A few kids and adults from the neighborhood had gathered on his driveway; ready to view the moon. I had found myself looking up; it looked so bright when it really was so dark.
I was excitedly waiting my turn standing behind the kids. I finally got my turn! I saw the craters in the moon… I can never forget the glimpse I got of this faraway beauty.
Jim proudly spoke to us about the stars, moon and the planets. His love for the outer space showed!
Then an amazing thing happened! We got to see Saturn! With its rings! They were fuzzy rings. Nonetheless, they were THE RINGS! Fuzzy yes! But not fuzzy in my memory!
Today, I came to know that Jim passed away last night. He had been fighting cancer for the past three years. He seemed well, and we did not expect this. But, last night, he was taken to the ER, where he took his last breath, and transitioned to another life.
As I was pondering about him, I realized that last night, too, was a crisp and clear night. And, the skies were filled with stars. Jim was not able to set up his telescope, but I bet he was looking through the grandest of telescopes. And, he decided to take a leap into the unknown – What we know as death. The body is left behind, but the soul travels on.
Jim, all the best to you in your life-after-life. The experience on this Earth was in preparation for something beyond our imagination. I bet you can see planets, moons, galaxies, & universes up close now…
Every time I’ll see a starry night with a glowing moon…I’ll thank you for the night out with the telescope!
…thank you for visiting my blog…until next time 🙂