Calendars map our place in space

Years don't come and go: you orbit through them.

The particular stars you see this evening
are the same ones that you saw on this date last year,
on this date next year, and on this date every other year of your life.

Every time you celebrate the anniversary of an event,
you return to the place in our orbit
where you were when the event happened.

Thanks to our sky-watching ancestors,
we have maps of our yearly journey
--our almanacs and calendars.

They show us where we are in our orbit,
when we travel through the spring and fall equinoxes,
when we travel through the summer and winter solstices,
and where our moon is in her "moonthly" journey around us.

A date on your calendar
is a place in our orbit.

Time is the pace of
our journey through space.


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