Last Summer, I told myself that on my next big US adventure, I would make it to the Grand Canyon. I shared a snack and a sunset with this serene place last night and all was SO well. #ourredrocksroadtrip (at Hopi Point, Grand Canyon, AZ)
I’ve been meaning to upload this picture for over a year now, and this quote has reminded me to do so.
“One of my philosophy professors lectured wildly about love once, yelling: “When you’re in love with someone, that person is the lighthouse of your universe.” (I scrawled it inside Science and Poetry in pencil—lighthouse of your universe—as if I would ever forget that phrase.) He was a delightful caricature of his position. I could swear he literally tore his hair out while howling at us. He went on, “Nothing means as much without that person.” One of the men in the class repeated, incredulous, half-laughing, “So you’re saying you can’t enjoy, like, a vacation, without someone if you’re really in love with them?” “Of course not.” the professor replied. “Not completely. You recognize beauty, but beauty means less if they don’t witness it with you. Beauty is less. You see something sublime and your first thought is that they should be there with you. It’s not as good without them. They illuminate. They make everything more.”
This is sunrise at the Grand Canyon on the morning of August 14th, 2012.
On our Western US road trip, my friend and I got a spot on the South Rim of the canyon out on some protruding rocks, I believe at Hopi Point, to view the sunrise. We sat behind this couple. They couldn’t have known it, but their natural framing of the sunrise made that moment so much more special, and made the essence of this quote very real to me.
I’m sorry to not have thanked you both for this experience. I hope that someday this photo finds you and brings you each a smile.