This little childhood rhyme was the first thing I remember my mother teaching me as a small child. It lead to a few other star related teachings … Twinkle, Twinkle, and Perry Como’s Catch a Falling Star – my very first piece of vinyl in my childhood music collection.
My father owned a construction company and built bridges all over the state of Texas. There were times the we did not live with him depending on where the job was located. During those times, my Mom and I would sit outside on Friday evenings waiting for him to get home from his week away from home. Usually this was that magical time between sunset and full dark when some things gradually disappeared and other things appeared. She always had me look for the first star of the evening and taught me the above rhyme to say when I saw it. The things parents do to keep their children entertained! We would sit outside until he drove up and then help carry in his things from the week away.
The next star related memory is the children’s song Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star. I must have spent hours singing that once it was learned, and I am sure drove my mother totally crazy in doing so … but, you know how it is when a song gets stuck in your head!
When I had my 4th birthday … at least I think that was the year … I got a battery operated record player … red plastic and tinny speakers. The two 45s I remember getting with my introduction into the world of vinyl were Perry Como’s Catch a Falling Star and The Everly Brothers Wake Up Little Suzy. Both I played over and over and over until I knew the words by heart.
The stars and the night sky have held a fascination and special place in my heart ever since. The first time I saw a firefly I was sure the stars had come down to dance just for me until my mother explained what they were and taught me to gently catch them. Then we put the delightful insects in a Mason jar to light up my little nightly world. Of course, we always let them go before going inside for the night.
Falling stars have special meaning to me as well. After my father died, I had a very difficult personal and professional decision to make. While driving through he West Texas night I saw a shooting star just as I was pondering what I needed to do. I saw that falling star as a sign to just go for it! Since that night, every time I need to make a major life decision, I see a falling star and know my father approves.
In my older years, I find comfort in the night sky … peace even on the most difficult and trying days. I take a brief walk every night after dark and am still awed and amazed by what I see in the night sky…and, ever so often I find myself looking for the first star and cannot help but say:
Star Light, Star Bright
First star I see tonight
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have this wish I wish tonight
Copyright © 2015 Annie – Original Nonfiction
Always…I wish you peace, joy and happiness, but most of all I wish you Love.
As Ever, Annie