March 31, 2021
We’re walking on the beach when we notice lights in the sky. It’s foggy, and the lights seem mysterious. We get closer and find people near the water launching delicate floating lanterns constructed of special paper and balsam wood. A tiny device is set afire inside causing it to glow brightly and heat the interior. Then the lantern is gently released. There is no string–it is free as a gull.
The paper lantern is pinkish white as it quickly floats up and out over the ocean, getting smaller and smaller in the night sky. It continues to be illuminated until it vanishes into the dark universe.