"Darling, wake up!"
I woke slowly up and saw my Daddy's face grinning at me. What in the world? The sky was dark, lots of stars, no moon.
"Shhhhhh Don't wake your mom or sisters!"
My step sister Celda, his second to youngest, daughter, not Linda; she'd already gone back to live with her mother years before, and my sister were asleep in the next room.
I was totally confused. He told me to dress warm, and to bring my blanket.
He left the room for me to get dressed.
I was in the third grade, and it was so strange. Daddy was always up to something strange. He and I shared many many secrets ...all of them made me laugh. So ... I wiped the sleep from my eyes and put my clothes on.
I took my blanket and went into the kitchen. I had my favorite slippers on instead of my shoes. Daddy was waiting at the table. He shined a flashlight in my face and then his, and said in a really weird voice "are we ready freddy?"
I had no idea ..but hey!
So, I followed him outside and there was a ladder leading up to the roof ... huh?
He took my blanket and shined the flashlight on the ladder.
We'd been up there the week before doing some repairs. So, I was familiar with how to climb up safely ...but at night?
He shined the light on his face and gave me a cartoon grin.
So, up the ladder I went. He stood close enough to me so that I knew I was safe.
I got up there and saw, on the flat of the roof ... a blanket, a camping lantern, a picnic basket and a couple of pillows.
I looked down at my Daddy ...and he smiled. I stood aside to let him come up. I started to walk to the blanket and Daddy said
"Don't move till I get up there, I know you feel safe, but without light, you might not be, you need me near you!"
So, he gets there, and we walk to the blanket. His pillow and blanket were already up there, and a pillow for me.
In the basket ...a thermos of hot chocolate, and a bowl of popcorn. How did he pop that without waking anyone up! Smell or noise? Suddenly, I realized I could smell it in the house, I just had been so confused by his midnight games, I hadn't paid attention.
"Daddy, what are we doing?"
"Watch! About 3 minutes later a shooting star ... and within seconds ...another ...and before I knew it ... I was watching my first meteor shower!!!
We ate the popcorn and drank the hot chocolate and when the bowl was empty and the ooohs and ahhhs and "look Daddy's!" were getting to be redundant ... we laid there and watched ... and watched ... and all too soon ...the stars fell with less frequency.
Then we went about 5 minutes in total silence between us ... and not a single star fell ....just the sounds of the night in the mountains ... and the song of love between a father and daughter ...
"Darling, it's over"
"Darling, I love you"
"I know Daddy, I love you."
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
God of Wonders by Third Day
"Darling, wake up!"