We awoke more than an hour before dawn to see the Eta Aquarid meteor showers purported to have crumbs of Hailey’s Comet zinging through the sky. We were up before dawn, and sadly, saw no falling stars but had the pleasure of watching and listening to the world wake up.
The birds were still asleep when we stepped outside. As our eyes adjusted to the dark, the stars popped out one by one as the solar lights winked out for their day’s slumber and soaking up the sun’s rays before they bring the night to life at dusk. The bay was a deep, still shadow in the distance.
I may have seen one meteor, but I am not sure. There was one brief flash of something in the upper right-hand corner of my vision. It startled me. Perhaps it was a bird, but I don’t think so. The birds were silent. One fox barking woke up the birds. A sleepy chirp or two skittered through the neighborhood as others awoke and began their daily conversation as the light of dawn gently radiated from the Eastern sky. The darkness began to abate, but the magic stayed. Our coffee, now cold, we left the deep green shadows of the garden and the coming of the blue in the sky. It was time to begin our day.