I wake with a cool hand stroking my hair. He kisses my neck and then covers my mouth with his. I pull the handsome man beside me in my bed closer. “You’re naked.”
He smiles. “I know.” And we both know the kids won’t be up for at least another 30 minutes.
Friday the 13th isn’t all that unlucky after all.
I was thinking about our conversations last night with the kids.
My dad got his first telescope in the late 1850’s and we’ve been watching the night skies with close-up wonder ever since. There is something about being a small dot in a large universe that brings on such a sense of awe and wonder that can’t be explained away by reason or logic. And it is great fun! FUN.
And the speculation continues on what is out there, if anything. I’ve always thought it would be very sad indeed if we were the only planet with intelligent life. I’d like to think there would be more advanced places where every single day didn’t seem like Friday the 13th and ignorance wasn’t King.
So now we just wait for someone from another planet to find the Voyager. I’m hoping it will be sooner or later. I can imagine one of them saying “Hey, they have Chuck Barry too!” How cool would that be. And don’t say it couldn’t be because we have so much to learn – there is so much we don’t know about our neighborhood and the universe we live in.
There was a long discussion about space with my husband and kids. That is one thing the Voyager has done – made people think and talk about stuff. Space, the universe, our roles in it, the idea that someone else is out there… good stuff.
I have to say there is nothing sexier than a man who spends a couple of hours talking with his kids about stuff like space and life and imagination and wonder – or anything.
Finding real life in Space, life we could communicate with would be literally earth shattering, or more human shattering.
I’ve imagined if they knew Vampires and Werewolves were real. Just imagine if someone from another planet dropped by for a visit. It is mind-boggling. It is exciting beyond belief.
Then one of the kids brought up the proposed Mars trip. Those who went would volunteer to never come back.
That would be difficult to leave our home forever. There is an attachment we have that tugs us and keeps us here, like an emotional gravity.
If you die in space will your body rot? Not unless there is bacteria. But I could be wrong.
We can’t breathe the little atmosphere on Mars. It is colder than cold. It is a harsh planet, but then again so is ours – thanks to humans.
But imagine going to live on Mars. How cool is that? It is the stuff of dreams – the ultimate dream. The dreams the cumulate in the reality of great science fiction books and films.
We talked about Vampires in space. That might be a logistical nightmare considering our unique dietary needs. It certainly would be a nightmare for our fellow space travelers.
We need to keep our dreams and work on making them a reality. Dreams of home and dreams of places far away in space.
After the kids went to bed my husband Teddy said “I sometimes feel as if I’m an alien on my own planet.”
“You’re completely normal, for a Vampire. That’s why I fell in love with you.”
“There is nothing normal about us my love.”
Well, I thought, nothing is normal except our kids, thank goodness, but they’re our kind of normal which isn’t a bad thing.
Some random thoughts on Friday the 13th:
- It is Friday the 13th of September, 2013. 9-13-13 an odd string of numbers. This blog is an odd bit of postings. Something to think about.
- Hold out your hand and the palm reader will tell you to kiss a black cat, fall in love with a mysterious Vampire and dream of your heart’s desire tonight with 13 wishes and 13 candles blazing on the mantle and 13 kisses.
- There is no bad luck – only good luck missed.
- Imagine a literary cat with 13 toes and 13 lives and 13 stories to tell.
- Yesterday was the 12th, tomorrow is the 14th, today is an odd day indeed.
- Let us ponder the unlucky. A Werewolf with fleas. A Vampire without passion. A Ghost in an empty house. A teenager without friends.
- But it is Friday so the Werewolf takes a flea bath and goes on an art show. The Vampire tastes the warm blood of a passionate human. A ghost gets a house full of children. A teen meets kids who think he is really cool.
Favorite movies (of mine) about meeting someone from another planet:
- Another Earth (2011)
- Star Trek – First Contact (1996)
- The Man Who Fell to Earth (1996)
- District 9 (2009)
- And every Spielberg film ever made even if it isn’t about space.
And just read any Ann McCaffrey book. I recommend “The Ship Who Sang” and “The Crystal Singer”.
Then anything by H.G. Wells, Issac Asimov, Philip K. Dick and Robert Heinlein. And of course Edgar Allen Poe’s The Black Cat (because it is Friday the 13th) and Stardust by Neil Gaiman.
This is just a short list (since I have only spent about 20 minutes writing this post and haven’t thought it out too much). Feel free to share your favorites!
Happy Friday the 13th! Reach for the Stars! And don’t forget, even if you have to force them, talk with your kids! It’s fun – and FREE!
~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman