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A fond memory of my father is when he pulled out his telescope on one particularly clear and star filled night. He and I went out in the backyard and set it up. The moon was full and bright. My dad focused the telescope on it and began naming the marks that were actually oceans and canyons on the moon. I was amazed at my dadís knowledge. How could he remember all of that? But it didnít stop there. He then pointed out the constellations that were visible. It was then that I realized that my dad was more than just my dad. He was a person, a man who had more interests than just NASCAR and the newspaper. He was sharing with me his knowledge of the night sky. He would tell me of his nights at sea when he would stand on the deck of his ship and look up, trying to fathom what he was seeing, but unable to truly comprehend the endless sky above him. He taught me how to find the Big Dipper and the Little Dipper, pointed out to me Orionís Belt. He must have named about 15 constellations and gave a story with each one. I was seeing my father as a real person. Someone with curiosity and the will to learn, with an intellect that went beyond healing scrapes and soothing hurt feelings. That night, he introduced me to a world that was much bigger than my immediate life. As we came back in the house, he pulled a book off of our bookcase and gave it to me. It was a book on the universe. He encouraged me to learn about the other constellations. About how the night sky was used for navigation. To learn that it is more than what it seems, more than just twinkling lights in the sky to make wishes on.

To this day, whenever I look up to the stars, I think of my father, how on that particular night, he shared with his youngest daughter his awareness of the world around him. And how to not just look at it, but to learn about it, to experience it, to know it, to live it.

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