Earth woke up and rolled on to her back and then stayed still long enough to listen to her birds singing for awhile.
Today was a special day…the one that the humans designated to honor her for a full 24 hours.
She turned a jade and ocean cheek toward the sun and listened even harder.
Her humans were so quiet lately.
She knew they were struggling with the odd viral visitor who was making the rounds introducing himself to the neighborhood.
For a moment, she felt bad. The people were shitting themselves, trying to figure it all out.
They’d get it eventually, she promised herself. They’d gotten so smart over the years, despite how badly they treated each other sometimes.
Earth took a big deep breath and covered her backside with her soft black starry night.
The animals and plants and bugs and viruses and bacteria and fungi celebrated her properly every day, not just April 22nd.
“Smarter than the humans,” she whispered to herself as she started to close her eyes again, figuring she might fall back to sleep for just a little while.
Suddenly, she heard a soft creak and turned to see that handsome devil Saturn looking down at her with a sleepy crooked smile on his face.
“Hi there, beautiful,” he said. “Happy Earth Day.”
He held up her favorite mug piping with hot coffee in one ring and a giant chocolate chip cookie in another.
Earth smiled as she sat up, totally surprised to see him and definitely ready to enjoy a delicious breakfast in bed.
“You’re so sweet, Saturn,” she said.
He kissed her lightly on the North Pole. Then he took a seat next to her.
“So what are you going to do for your special day?” he asked, watching her stuff the cookie in her mouth.
She had chocolate chip smeared on her bottom lip. He thought for a moment about kissing it off.
“Same old stuff,” she replied. “Rotate on my axis, do some continental drifting. I’ll check in on my humans too.”
“How are they holding up?”
“Not great. The virus is freaking them out really bad. And…”
Saturn looked at her.
“Well,” Earth continued. “They’re currently really flipping their shit because you’re so close to me. You’re usually viewed best with help from a telescope at night. Now you’re, like, right outside their windows. They’ve been screaming non-stop ever since you got here.”
Saturn hadn’t considered that. All he wanted to do was surprise his ethereal new lady love with a tasty morning treat on Earth Day. He stood up.
“I should get on back to my orbit,” he said, giving her that crooked smile again.
Earth looked up at him with her awe-inspiring majesty.
“Stay,” she said, reaching for him.
He sat down again.
“You don’t mind me scaring the humans?”
Earth paused and felt the vibrations from all life on her freaking the hell out.
“What’s one more thing?” she asked.
Then she kissed him.
And he thought to himself that she tasted like chocolatey planetary perfection.