"So Claira, why is "keeps us stargazing" the name of your website?" I realize in the "about" section I have explained very briefly, but allow me to go into further detail here. As you all know, this website is entitled KeepsUsStargazing.com, and if you've read the section I wrote in the "about" page, you'll know that this is because of a song originally sung by Kermit the Frog called "Rainbow Connection." My mom used to play the version by Sarah McLachlan when we'd be driving in the car, and I've loved it ever since I heard it for the first time.
Last July, when I was beginning to seriously contemplate have a website, I made a list of possible names for it. The first idea just happened to be KeepsUsStargazing, and that one stuck. If I'm honest, I don't remember the others, but I do know that there weren't many more. It wasn't until I was around fifteen that I started to consider "Rainbow Connection" my favorite song, but now if someone asks, it's the first thing that comes to mind. There is a line that says "Who said that every wish would be heard and answered/ when wished on the morning star?/ somebody thought of that, and someone believed him/ look what it's done so far/ what's so amazing that keeps us stargazing/ what do they think we might see" As I've said, I've interpreted this to be asking why we think wishes on stars do so much, and what is it that keeps us wishing? What's so amazing that keeps us stargazing?
There is a second reason I chose this name that I haven't mentioned before. One of my favorite cities is Los Angeles (yes, Momma <3), and one of my favorite places in the whole wide world happens to be The Griffith Observatory. Last March I visited it four times, and now I can find my way around it with ease. My favorite place in the observatory is the wall that I lovingly refer to as the "star wall." The wall demonstrates what your fingertip covers if you were to point at the sky. It is covered in stars, and every time I visit I sit on the bench across from it and make a wish on the brightest star in the top left corner. It's a simple tradition, but I love it all the same. There is something about that wall that makes me realize how small I am in this world, and somehow that is both humbling yet inspiring to me.
So why "keeps us stargazing?" Because I believe that wishes on stars are important. The simple traditions that we faithfully keep and the lyrics that speak to our hearts are important. The little things in life that make us happy, like a cup of tea or an afternoon walk, are important. This website was created not only so I could have a place to throw all my ideas, writings, poetry, and photographs, but also to put more simple happiness into the universe. So there you have it, the stories behind the name. I hope you can all find a star to wish on, or something else that simply makes you happy.