Reaching out for the stars.
The corner of Johan Wagenenaarlaan and Diepenbrocklaan (Music in the airâ€¦)in Leiden. An August evening say 10 oâ€™clock. Years and Years agoâ€¦ still yesterdayâ€¦. Marian and me. Classmates and warm friends. Both 13 years old. The grass field about 100 by 100 meters. Next to a school. Near waterâ€¦ boats softly floating on their way to the next costumer.
We lying on our backs in the still warm summer grass feeling each and every oddity that was softly supporting our body. Funny enough we both had wisps of grass in our mouthâ€¦ tasting the grass as a dog eats it when the stomach needs a new balance.
The starry night had filled our perception, after a long walk along the river we had to land on the grass of this small field.
Hearing the night whisperâ€¦ the water ripplingâ€¦ the birds singing their songs before the dying of the nightâ€¦ We counted the starsâ€¦ identifying the star signsâ€¦. Noticing that a few stars -satellites obviously â€“ were standing still where the stars were moving. We talked slow, softâ€¦ realizing that around half of the stars we were seeing in Realtime had diedâ€¦ were not there anymoreâ€¦still we saw themâ€¦
The summer breeze flew over our facesâ€¦bringing us the smells of water, grass, trees and all nature has to offer
â€˜Do not go gently into that sweet nightâ€¦.â€™ We recited Dylan Thomasâ€¦
The smell of nature preparing for the sweet nightâ€¦
All our senses intenselyâ€¦still light â€¦travellingâ€¦ embracing grateful the notion that the earth was turning at 1500 km an hourâ€¦ whilst we were lying quiteâ€¦ that the chemistry factory in our body served us with 100.000â€¦connections per second… as our senses moved us towards the starsâ€¦back into our body lightning us in delightâ€¦ flashing the earth â€¦ the milky wayâ€¦into the unknown universeâ€¦all is energy and the best things in life are not things but energy connecting
Years and years laterâ€¦as I was in Kassel Germany, in the Auepark with my daughter, then 8 years old we embraced several trees â€¦ one moment I asked Loulou to stand still look at the different trees and what impression they made on her. She identified emotions as messages the trees were sendingâ€¦
So we played the gameâ€¦ â€˜what does every single tree tell usâ€™â€¦what do I belief it tells meâ€¦
We compared and 9 out of 10 we got the same words / feelingsâ€¦
So never leave a park without greeting every single element of natureâ€¦ thank them for sharingâ€¦being thereâ€¦whisper silently to the clouds, all colors greenâ€¦ the birdsâ€¦ the treesâ€¦the grassâ€¦