This weekend the kids wanted to sleep out in a tent overnight so they could see the stars better. Definitely not something I would’ve thought to do, but that’s what’s great about kids…they get you to look at the world in a different way. It was a crisp cool night and we had a great view of the stars!
There’s something magical about sleeping out under the stars. We often get so caught up in suburbia and all of our creature comforts that we miss the beauty that is all around us every night. In a passage that I’ve long enjoyed from Emerson, he put it this way:
If the stars should appear one night in a thousand years, how would men believe and adore; and preserve for many generations the remembrance of the city of God which had been shown! But every night come out these envoys of beauty, and light the universe with their admonishing smile.
Some things in life we just don’t appreciate, and it takes a transcendentalist author or a child to point us in the right direction.