When I was sixteen years old, I saw the Milky Way for the first time.  This is the truest thing that I have ever written and it will be almost everything I can do to commit it into black and white print for the first time.

I was six months old when I was diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa. I am lucky, the type that I have is not the most vicious or devastating.  It means that I am night blind, that my peripheral vision is slowly narrowing into a pinhole of vision, and that my depth perception is gradually flattening away to nothing. 

My cousins and I used to go out and lie on sleeping bags in the back of a pickup truck or, later, on top of one of my aunt's van and watch meteor showers.  They would watch. I would stare up into the black sky and study the seven bright points of light that I could see and wonder what it was like. 

When I was sixteen, my father did the thing that all good fathers promise their children they will do.  With the help of a military surplus catalog, my dad gave me the galaxy.  It happened because he ordered a pair of Russian military night vision goggles, intending to use them so he could walk his sprinklers at night in the fields to make sure that they didn't get plugged by debris in the irrigation water.  When he got them, we waited for the night to fall and then, we tried them out, after breathlessly reading the instructions over and over and over again in anticipation.

Dad turned off our yard light and we went outside.  I put on the night vision goggles and removed the lens caps and looked up into the sky.  It was a personal miracle.  Stretching...

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  • Faro
    This is magnificent. Thank you.
    Apr 02, 2015
    by Mantia
  • Sazzyyazzy-1769536
    Beautifully written
    Mar 17, 2015
  • Demigod-1873159
    This just stole my attention. I never seen the 1st season but out of random curiosity I clicked the video and it blew me away. Very lovely written.
    Mar 15, 2015
    by Demigod
  • Helmet_001
    Thanks again! I can't even begin to express how much it means to have such incredible, positive response to this story.

    That it could become something as beautiful as that short film and garner so much involvement from all of you guys is still so surreal to me.
    Jan 26, 2014
  • Katsmash1
    Apologies for just how long it's taken me to get around to writing. I just wanted to thank you for sharing your story with everyone. I know it now by heart. Your writing was so beautiful and heartfelt, and Joes revision did such a good job of maintaining that (I thought - don't know if you agree?) that I never would have attempted the voice over otherwise. It was all there in black and white; every rise and fall of your heartbeat. I am so glad it became this beautiful short film and sincerely honoured to have voiced it for you. People have joked "how's it feel to be the voice of Elle Fanning?".

    I always reply "ah but I'm not, I'm the voice of Rosswellgray" and it feels great.

    Also loved you telling Joe in Ep 1 about your dad shouting in the background "who the fuck is JGL". Hilarious. Life in perspective. Anyway I'll stop rambling. Hope life is good & thanks again xx
    Jan 26, 2014
  • Retrato
    This story, and the entire wave of creativity it produced, is the reason I joined HitRecord.

    I was returning home from work one day and somehow I forgot the MP3 player I plug to my car stereo, so I was listening to the radio. The hosts were talking about this new variety show hosted by Joseph Gordon Levitt, and how it was inspired by a social network he had been running for some time now.

    They explained the concept of the show by talking about your story, and how so many people had collaborated to make it into a short. Needless to say, it only took me a day to realize I should join. I'm glad I did!

    Greetings from Mexico!
    Jan 26, 2014
  • 1482882_10153610528135456_986416280_n
    Im in love with your story, is so pure! I also loved the shortcut, the voices, the actors and the animation!
    Jan 09, 2014
  • Words2
    So excited for your story to be told on TV, roswellgray!
    Jan 06, 2014
    by iblehs
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