First Walk

   This morning was a first of sorts for our dog Tyler. He had been ‘imprisoned’ (Tyler’s words!) for the past 8 weeks in the den – a relatively small confined area in our house. This was part of the healing and recuperating process following surgery on a torn ACL, the anterior cruciate ligament of his left hind leg. He has been outside off and on during that time for potty breaks as well as very short walks on a short leash. So this morning was special for the two of us as it was our first sunrise walk since his injury. As we walked about a mile around the neighborhood Tyler had a great time recognizing familiar smells. In between stops I would just hang on to the leash without slack. I was “skating with the dog” as they say in Ecuador!
In addition to all of the stop, sniff, and pee pauses (those were for Tyler of course) the sun was rising and the morning clouds were breaking the sunlight into shafts of light reminding me of one of the stories I would tell the younger audiences in the Planetarium.
    This was a story about how light came to the world – a world were the ‘People’ lived without light. Different animals were sent to bring the light (the Sun) to the people but all failed except for Grandmother Spider. She wove a web around the Sun and brought it to where the ‘People’ could have light. So when you see the sunlight broken into rays like it was this morning you are reminded about the web that Grandmother Spider wove around the Sun.

Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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