I've always been a sky watcher. When I was a little girl, my grandfather took my brother and me for walks around the neighborhood, pointing out the stars as we strolled down sidewalks and across streets. Back then you could see stars even in the suburbs. The street lights were less destructive than they are now.
And yet now I watch the skies each night. Last night was the new moon. Tonight there will be a whisker-thin lunar crescent low in the west after sunset. I won't be able to see it of course.