“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”
― Anton Chekhov
I just want to say, in writing, all rules are made to be broken. Everyone has their own voice, their own beautiful stories to tell, and while it’s a much better read to be shown the scene rather than told, sometimes simply being told is the way to go.
Just as some teachers and editors make the rule (as well as a million others) of never starting a sentence with a conjunction or ending a sentence with a preposition, sometimes it fits.
And you should stick to your guns if it means that much to you. And because an editor wants you to change it doesn’t mean you have to always go along.