A birthday present that’s out of this world

Yesterday, Kelly told me that my “big” birthday present was schedule to arrive today. “Big” was not an exaggeration. When we got back from a fun happy hour at Sine, the big package had arrived and was sitting in Kelly’s apartment, waiting for me to open it.

It wasn’t wrapped, it was simply too big to be wrapped, so I had no choice but to open the box and see what was inside.

It was a Meade 114 mm Reflecting Telescope.

I couldn’t believe it. I had a refracting telescope that Mom and Dad got for me when I was five, and which finally wore out and died about years ago. I barely used it in the last 25 years. But I’ve always wanted new telescope, and a reflector, to boot. And now I’ve got one! Kelly is just as excited as me to take it out one night soon and start exploring the sky.

Did I say this birthday present was out of this world?

Published by Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.

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