Pecan Pie

Social Anxiety from the South


Wow, it’s cold out there.   I was shaking and stumbling around in the dark, straining my neck to look up while simultaneously attempting not to break my ankle.  My hands were shaking inside my front pouch.   I put my hood up and tied my hair around front.  It’s just too damned cold out there.

It takes forever for my eyes to adjust to the night sky.  My grandparents have every light on in Bob’s creation upstairs so I’m straining and I’m not really sure what I’m supposed to be looking at.  Out of the corner of my eye I see this flicker, sort of looks like someone lit the tiniest match in the Universe and it burned out right away.

I think that’s what I was looking for.  I saw one and then two.  Then I got too cold and came back in.  Then back out.  I felt like if I didn’t go out, I’d be missing something special and so, yeah, back out.

They really just fall straight down, you know?

I’ll never, ever be as eloquent as Carl Sagan, but looking at these itty streaks of flame on a back drop of fire and ice and violence and beauty and everything we don’t know in the form of the smallest sliver of light pricking that big black canvas from so very far away…it really does make you feel small.

“I was given something wonderful, something that changed me forever… A vision… of the universe, that tells us, undeniably, how tiny, and insignificant and how… rare, and precious we all are! A vision that tells us that we belong to something that is greater than ourselves, that we are *not*, that none of us are alone! I wish… I… could share that… I wish, that everyone, if only for one… moment, could feel… that awe, and humility, and hope. But… That continues to be my wish.” Contact

I hope…

Written by thelittlepecan

December 14, 2010 at 1:57 am

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  1. I love this blog! Thank you for adding me to your blogroll. I have added you to my blogfeed at the bottom of my page. I couldn’t find your email address, so I thought I would drop a line here. I added an email link to my page so great people like you can contact me directly. Keep up the great work!


    December 18, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    • Awesome, Will! So glad to have you. Southern Atheists UNITE!!


      December 18, 2010 at 1:36 pm

  2. I was all alone, but that was just a little bit nice.


    December 14, 2010 at 2:14 am

  3. It was pretty fantastic. We got super bundled and blanketed and went out to lay on the field and look at the sky. Bear asked me how many times I’d done this before and I realized…I had never done this before. So me and my boys all watched our first meteor storm together.

    And it was damn freaking cold!!


    December 14, 2010 at 2:07 am

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