The past couple of days, I've had visitors from distant places descend upon me. No, not extraterrestrials. It was extended family, travelling through town while on an extended vacation.
It was super to have them visit. Not only are they great people and fun to be around, but as we sat and chatted about their lives and my life and all the news of what everyone is doing, I was reminded of things that are truly important in life. Yes, I like my work, and I like to think that what I do is important in some grand scheme of things. But, to me, family and friends are more important than understanding the deepest secrets of the Universe. The stars I study will be around, virtually unchanged, for the rest of my life, and my children's lives, and their children's lives. Sometimes, quantifying their properties can wait for a day.
Tomorrow, it's back to science. And that's soon enough.