31 Letters Literacy Project: Day 26 – “Night”

Day 26 of our 31 Letters Literacy Project is all about the GREAT NIGHT SKY.

Today’s letter is inspired by a poem we bumped into on Day 26 of 365 Days of Literacy for Kids:

BROTHERHOOD by Octavio Paz

I am a man: little do I last
and the night is enormous.
But I look up:
the stars write.
Unknowing I understand:
I too am written,
and at this very moment
someone spells me out.

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The vastness of the night sky makes us feel small, and yet included… at the same time.  The night sky is mysterious and wonderful and often sparkles with illuminating stars.  Do you remember a time when you gazed at the night sky and dreamed or wondered or wished on a star?  Write about it in a letter to your kids/grandkids/special kids in your life.  Delight someone with your NIGHT story.

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Here is my NIGHT letter to my grandkids:

March 26, 2011

Hi, my little darlings!  Have you ever stared at the night sky and wished on a star?  I have!

I love the night sky.  I love the blanket it makes over the earth.  I especially love the night sky when it’s filled with stars.  I remember one night, a summer night, when the stars seemed like they were shining right into my windows… just for me.

I was living in New Hampshire.  I must have been 9 or 10 years old.  I had my own bedroom in the upstairs of our home.  My brothers’ bedroom was upstairs, too.  It was a hot night, but the wind was blowing a little, and my curtains were billowing.  It seemed like something magical was calling me to my window.  I crept out of bed and tip-toed to it.

The sky was black, black, black… but there were tiny sprinkles of stars for as far as I could see.  I felt so tiny, tiny, tiny under that enormous blanket of black.  But then I noticed that some of the stars were twinkling.  One star  was twinkling especially bright.  Dancing even!  Have you ever seen stars that twinkle in the night sky?  Of course, I thought of the children’s song Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.  I even whispered it as I looked at the sky.  How I wonder what you are…Up above the world so high… Like a diamond in the sky…

That’s when I made my wish. 

As I looked at that little twinkling star that had somehow drawn me to my window, I wished that some day I would fall in love… and get a diamond just like that little star… and marry a wonderful, wonderful man.   I would make that same wish many times after that… staring right outside my upstairs bedroom window, dreaming young girl dreams with a young girl’s heart.

Well, many years later, I did fall in love with a wonderful, wonderful man.  We got married.  But I didn’t get a twinkling diamond! When your Grandpa/Pop-up and I got engaged, we didn’t have enough money for a diamond ring.

We did have beautiful silver wedding bands that I loved then and still love.  I cherish them.  They mean the world to me.  We had them made at a silversmith’s shop in Newport, Rhode Island… and they cost $25.00 for mine and $32.00 for Grandpa/Pop-ups.  My silvery wedding band became my little girl’s wish!

Many, many years later, though… Grandpa/Pop-up did give me a diamond ring.  I will tell you all about that in another letter on another day!  But I still wear my silver wedding band with my diamond ring… every moment of every day.

You see, wishes do come true.  They just come in their own time!

Make sure you make your wishes on a twinkling star tonight!  Maybe you’ll even find MY star!

Love you forever and ever,

Grandma Couto


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Mail Tidbit of the Day: In 1823, navigable waters designated post roads by the U.S. Congress.

 

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31 Letters Literacy Project: Day 26 – “Night” was last modified: March 26th, 2011 by Sharon Couto