are you looking at, Daddy?” Kyle stood in the doorway, gazing at his
doing a little star watching. Would you like to have a look?” John
scooted off the stool, leaving it empty for his son.
rushed to his father and climbed on the three-legged stool. “What do I
your eye right here,” he pointed to the eye piece.
see stars! They twinkle, just like in the song.” Kyle hummed the tune to
his father's smile.
your eye still, Kyle. I'm going to turn it a little so you can see the
Orion Nebula.” John made some adjustments on the powerful telescope.
“Look for something red.”
it, Daddy. It looks like an explosion of color. Why is it red?” The
boy's face scrunched together as he rearranged his face to a more
“Nebulas are explosions, Kyle. Very good description. They are gases
mixed with interstellar dust. The red is expelled energy from other
stars. You know what your mom used to say?” John lifted his son off the
Daddy? What did Mommy say?” Kyle wrapped his arms around his father's
used to say I was silly to look at the stars all the time. You know what
shook his head from side to side.
that a telescope is a window to the sky. Any time I want I can come out
here, look through the lens and see millions of stars, scattered across
the blackness of the eternal universe.” John carried the boy inside and
put him down on his bed. “It's time to go to sleep.”
if the telescope is a window to the sky, can you see Mommy up in heaven?
She used to tell me to look for the brightest star and that would be her
in heaven, watching me.”
caught his breath. A tear formed in the corner of his eye. “Would you
like to go back outside and look for Mommy?”
yes, Daddy! Then I promise I'll go right to sleep.”
took his father's hand and led him to the balcony. Once again he climbed
on the stool and waited while his dad adjusted the telescope.
look into heaven. There's the brightest star. Some people call it Sirius
and some call it the Dog Star. I think it's your mother. Would you like
Lowering his eye, Kyle gazed through the telescope. “Daddy, I think it's
Mommy. Look how bright it is. That has to be her! She promised she'd be
there watching me while I slept.” Pearls of tears dripped from his eyes.
“I miss her, Daddy.”
hugged the boy. “I miss her too, Kyle. Now, let's get you to bed.” He
tucked Kyle under the covers.
the curtains open, Daddy. I want to see Mommy.” Kyle rolled on his side.
curtains parted, giving a view of the starlit heavens.
night, Kyle. Sweet dreams.”
night, Daddy. Good night, Mommy.”
for a moment, Sirius flicked a little brighter than normal.