My sister and I never strayed too far from home. We--or at least I--needed the safety of the yellow kitchen light always in view. But my sister's favorite game was to see how far we could go and still see that light.
I later learned that the human eye can see a candle light from 3 miles away. That night we must have been even further than that. I felt a wolf breathe at my back. Sara doesn't believe me, but it's true. I started running and running, and finally stumbled through our familiar home trees and found the light again.
I need that light. It can never go out.
photo by Victoria Ristenbatt.