Perseid Meteor Shower… With Kids!
Last night I decided to brave the outdoors… but this time with KIDS! DUN DUN DAAAAAAA!
Last year I went to Cooper Lake State Park with a few friends to watch the Perseid Meteor Shower. And it was a highlight of my year and really kickstarted my need to be more adventurous in my life. This time I thought I would share that passion with a few kids I taught last year in my woodworking class. It honestly started with me telling one of my friends and snowballed from there. I enlisted the help of my friend Sadaf, who is an elementary school teacher. Having her along helped easy my slight distress at being in charge of a large number of kids. I knew she could manage them… and me if need be. lol. I was in charge of the boys car and Sadaf got the girls car. The two hour drive wasn’t bad at all. The boys played DJ on the way up. And they had surprisingly good taste. I was worried I would be subjected to music I didn’t like… but I ended up singing along with almost all the songs. Made a stop at Starbucks and got there before 10:30pm.
We settled in and watched what would happen next. And it was magical. The best part was hearing the kids yell “Oooooooooooooooh” and “Ahhhhhhhhhhh” with every meteor. Some of the kids took naps and some kids stayed up the entire time. Finally, when it was time to pack up and go home the most amazing Meteor showed itself. It lit up the sky with its size and its trail lingered for a really long time. I hope this is something the kids will take with them and remember from time to time. I know I will.