miss the stars.
It's been 5 years since I've been in a rural area for any appreciable amount of time. Don't get me wrong, I love living in/near cities. There's always so much to do, and so much to see. But I absolutely hate light pollution.
When I lived out in the country, I used to sneak out at night and lie
on my back in a field in the middle of nowhere, staring up at the stars.
I never knew more than 3 constellations, and I really didn't care about them anyway, since they would have taken away from the picture as a whole. Lying there, with billions of brilliant pricks of white fire for company, I felt something indescribable. The chill breeze would wash over me, I'd listen to the chorus of far-off frogs, and stare up into space for hours. It was more cathartic than anything I've experienced since.
I miss it.Posted on June 20, 2002 12:00 PM