By: Emily Walker
The two walked outside together, the moment they stepped off the porch he could see it in her eyes. The wonder. They looked up together; after getting comfortable on the rough, plastic chairs.
The sky was beautiful that night, they were quite far from the city and her mother had already gone to bed. They could see everything; it felt that way at least.
Suddenly a bright ball of light caught their eyes as it made its way across the sky, not for more than a moment though.
It went as if it were late for something, leaving a bright tail of light behind it for those admiring it to watch.However, the tail left just as quickly.
"Did you see that Daddy?" The little girl questioned her father. "I sure did!" He replied, looking at his daughter fondly.
"Sweetie, do you see all those big, bright, beautiful stars?" He continued, only pausing when she nodded. "They all shine for you!" The small girl pondered this a moment.
"They love me that much?!" The man, slightly amused, nodded.
"But Daddy, what about everyone else? If they all shine for me then what do the others get?" He was taken back by this, after a brief moment he responded. "Okay honey, you're right...
Everyone gets their own star, that twinkles just for them." She seemed happy with this reasoning.
She smiled. "Daddy which one is you're star?" Their gazes both returned to the billions of dots above them. He quickly pointed in the direction of the Moon. "My star is just under the Moon.
You see it?" She quickly grinned, spotting it easily. "I see it!"
He glanced down at her. "And which is your star?" He asked. She immediately looked back up. Obviously putting more thought into it than her father.
After a minute or so, she pointed to one of the darker areas of the sky. He followed her gaze and saw a few smaller stars glimmering dimly. "Which one sweetie?" The man asked.
"It's the one by itself, away from the other stars." He was just barely able to glimpse one. "And why did you chose that one? It's awfully small." He asked curiously.
She looked up at her father happily.
"Well, that one will shine just for me right?" She clarified. He just nodded wanting her to continue. "If that star loves me enough to shine for me each night then I have to love it too.
The other stars are great and they shine so brightly and beautifully; so that means they're already loved by someone else.
Someone loved them so much they got so bright! And I can't love someone else's star. So now it's time for that star to be loved."