One of my fondest memories of growing up in rural Wisconsin is of sitting in a lawn chair on the deck in back of our house at night watching the August meteor showers in the wee hours of the morning. I don't remember my parents saying anything about this even though I think I started doing this when I was pretty young. Nor did they say anything when I'd invariably fall asleep after maybe a half hour and wake up in the even wee-er hours of the morning and make my way into the house and into bed.
The night sky is grand and glorious and having an unobstructed view was amazing. You know, they say that young people never appreciate these things while they have them, but I did. I knew how awesome it was to get to see the stars as I did any night I wanted to.
Since leaving my home town, I've always lived in cities so my view of the stars has been obstructed for decades. Although, about 15 years ago I was in PTown doing my one man show and stayed at a place with a roofdeck. I was able to see the meteor shower again. I remember how much of a thrill it was to see the show once more.
These days, the Mister and I are looking at relocating to a smaller, less busy community. We know that outside of the Big City, we'll face some obstacles that we don't now usually encounter - mostly political differences and the potential for people being vocal about their problems with a gay male couple.
But, there are upsides and seeing the stars every night without the glare of street lights and the obstruction of skyscrapers is definitely one of them.