7/7 is a Japanese holiday called Tanabata. as our friends at wikipedia conveniently explain,

“Tanabata is a japanese star festival celebrating meeting of Orihime (Vega) and Hikoboshi (Altair). The Milky Way, a river made from stars that crosses the sky, separates these lovers, and they are allowed to meet only once a year on the seventh day of the seventh lunar month of the lunisolar calendar.”

the mythologies that people have created to explain the events of the natural world have always fascinated me. now a days, everything can be quickly dismissed as a matter of scientific alignment. and it might be that truthfully, that’s all there is to it. but if we can, i think we should keep making stories to tell; stories about star crossed lovers and vengeful gods and monsters and all sorts of wild things in between.  do it for the kids! trick love the kids.

(photo credit: rajiv ramdeo)