The sight of stars can heal. We know this. Last week after three days of heavy snow, hard work moving it and hours spent driving through it, the sky miraculously cleared overnight. At the time, my neighbor had come over to help me fix my broken snowblower. When we finished and turned to walk back down the driveway, both of us looked up at the same time and could hardly believe what we saw. Stars. Brilliant stars. After nights and days of clouds, the sky cracked open to reveal there was something beyond the grayness.
Maybe it was the way the snow-clad spruces towered against the night, but the sky looked pitch black and the stars popped with extra sparkle.
I often write about what we know about stars – the facts as it were – but lovers of the night know their light shines on our emotions, too. That night their appearance brought us both a wonderful sense of relief.