Long after midnight, my family clusters on our front lawn, gazing up at the only patch of sky not blotted out by tree leaves. My dad points and announces the time while my mom, my sister and I bounce in place -- chilly but cheerful in pajamas and tennis shoes. Whatever we are waiting for hasn't come 'round just yet. So we keep waiting, chins up, for it to happen.
We must look utterly insane.
A neighbor soon appears beside us, quietly following our gazes up to the sky and back to our upturned faces. "W-watcha doin' there?" he finally asks. My dad, an armchair astronomer, launches into an eager explanation: "The SPACE STATION will be visible at exactly this o'clock, headed from this direction to that direction, AND it will only be visible for this many minutes and somesuch seconds!!!" He is trembling with anticipation.
Our neighbor listens patiently, slowly studies each of us, nods once, and declares: "Well, you've got to be yourself."
With that, he quickturns and walks back home, leaving us to our stargazing.