Today marked the start of our winter vacation from school, a much needed break from homeschooling for us all. We do not return to in-person classes until our state achieves green on the Covid-19 stoplight and, unfortunately, Guanajuato is a long way from green.
But today was also special for a different reason. Today is the winter solstice. In addition, it was also the great conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn. So despite the lack of classes today, my children received a lesson in astronomy and a little history.
I had found an inexpensive telescope on a garage sale site several years ago and we have hauled it with us, unused, for a number of years because we did not have the time to spend learning how to use it. I’m sure you see where this is going. Cue the pandemic – our free time increased exponentially and we finally put it to use. We are lucky that we have a flat rooftop where we can set up the telescope and we are high enough above the city that the lights do not prevent us from stargazing. As a result, we have enjoyed an excellent 2020 looking at things that we have only previously seen in pictures. The time we have spent with our kids, observing the night sky or doing other things, has made this year one of our most precious. We are constantly reminded every time we read the news or talk to relatives of how fleeting life is and how quickly our circumstances can change, so I am grateful for the extra time we have had together.
So as we move into a new year and as the days progressively get longer, there are a few things for which I am hopeful.
I hope our children remember more the time we spent observing Saturn’s rings and Jupiter’s moons instead of how boring it was to be stuck inside everyday, unable to go to school or anywhere else.
I hope they remember more the things we were able to do together because of the pandemic rather than all the things they missed out on because everything was canceled.
I hope they remember more the feeling of togetherness and family that we are nurturing in them rather than the uncertainty and fear they feel when we hear more news about our loved ones getting sick and/or dying.
And lastly, I hope all of you have had a happy winter solstice and will enjoy a peaceful new year. May there be more light in your new year than darkness, more peace than worry, and more happiness than sadness. Thanks for reading and continuing to share our journey!