I woke at 4am this morning and looked out of the bedroom window. There were a few whisps of cloud against the clear sky. I recognized Alpha and Beta Arietis high up in the south. A bright meteor (magnitude 1 or 2) streaked vertically down through Pegasus and Aquarius, followed by a fainter one a few seconds later. Then I remembered: it was August the 13th, Perseids maximum, and my mother's birthday. She would have been 74.