The great Southern writer Eudora Welty was born in 1909 in Jackson, Mississippi. One night in 1910, her father took her out onto the porch of the house he’d built with his own hands and watched as Halley’s comet came to town.

Welty relates this anecdote in her memoir of creativity, One Writer’s Beginnings.

Mary Chapin Carpenter read this book, and turned the story into a beautiful song of how the ones we love outlast us.