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Riding with the Light

With the weekend fast approaching I realized that I didn’t have any plans.  It was a couple minutes past four on Friday and I was sitting at my desk.  Everything was put away and there was nothing really more I could do.  The last two months had flashed passed in a dizzying blur of nonstop work.  I’d gotten a tremendous amount done, but as I sat there desperately needing something to work on, it dawned on me why I didn’t have any plans for the weekend.

As soon as these sullen thoughts crept into my mind I tried to ignore them by turning on the news.  I just sort of looked at the segments as they careened across my computer screen.  The riots in London, the crumbling American economy, more soldiers killed in Afghanistan and the soul crushing famine in the Horn of Africa—all of it was just too much to bear.  But as the broadcast segued closer to the more uplifting stories that it always features near the end, I saw something I hadn’t thought about in years.

Right on schedule the Perseid meteor shower was going to be streaking across the sky for the whole weekend.  You can see it somewhat toward the end of July, but it hits its magnificent peak from August 9th through the 14th.  Those closest to me know I can get so easily wrapped up in growing my various businesses that I sometimes lose sight of what truly matters, but this is more a testament to my tireless dedication and unyielding work ethic than to who I really am.

I immediately picked up the phone and called my girlfriend.  I was planning on leaving a rather sweet message because (a) I’d been neglecting her a little over these past few weeks and although she understood why, I knew she wasn’t happy about it, and (b) I just didn’t think she’d answer my call.  But to my surprise she did and I practically begged her to let me see her that evening.  Luckily for me she acquiesced to my request, so I headed straight over to the supermarket and bought everything I needed to make her favorite meal.

By the time she arrived that evening I had everything setup absolutely beautifully.  We dined by candlelight and drank expensive wine.  I told her how much she meant to me and how sorry I was for letting work stuff get in the way of our relationship.  With a warm smile that bordered on being a sly grin, she accepted my apology.  After dinner we watched a movie then I told her about the meteor shower.  I wanted to watch it with her in my arms, so I said that in order for us to do this we would need to stay up as late as possible tonight, so that tomorrow we would have the necessary strength to see it for as long as we could.

But this wonderful idea struck her as being so romantic that she couldn’t wait until tomorrow to do it.  We talked for a while then went outside and laid atop a blanket, wrapped ourselves in each other’s arms, and gazed up at the heavens.  I’ve read in numerous places and witnessed with my very own eyes, that the Perseids offer at least one shooting star a minute… and this year was no exception.

The temperature was absolutely perfect that night, so time just seemed to melt away.  We talked about family, friends, and all the memories that we’d shared together, and every minute or so a flash of light would tear across the sky.  No matter how many times this happened it always seemed like it was the first one we saw together.

There we were, just the two of us with all those rocks burning up in the atmosphere, riding with the light.

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