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Seeing the light in the dark

January 17, 2011 - Brian Rowell
Sometimes we take for granted just how many advantages there are to living in the U.P. Over the holidays, my son came to visit us from Chicago with my two granddaughters — ages 4 and 5. They arrived a couple of days after Christmas around 8 p.m. When I went outside to help my son bring in the luggage, he commented that he had forgotten how dark it was here. I stood there, confused for a moment. My son continued, saying he first noticed the darkness when he started traveling on M-35 toward Escanaba. Then I realized what he was talking about. He kneeled down to talk to his two daughters. “Look, look at all the stars,” he said to them as he pointed up to the night sky. I looked up, too. The sky was filled with stars. Life gets busy, and this was the first time in quite awhile I took the time to look up at the night sky. It was beautiful. My granddaughters thought so, too. I thought back to my visits to Chicago. Where they live, it never really does get dark. There is always the glow of city lights. The stars are there, but the glow of city lights make them invisible. The view of a clear night sky is just another advantage of living here. You just have to remember to take the time to appreciate it now and then.


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