Friday, September 17, 2021

A Beautiful Night...


 I followed the partially hidden moon as I made my way outside to our recycling bins. At 11 PM, the night was cool and with no-one else in sight, I felt free to have a bit of a roll around in some fresh air.

It fascinates me that an orb some 234,885 miles from earth has always held me in its thrall. As a kid, I would watch from my bedroom window as it rose in the evening sky, following it for as long as I could before clouds obscured it. I loved that its shape and color could change with the days and seasons and that authors and others I knew would write about it. The second generation to enjoy Goodnight Moon, often read to me by my grandfather, by middle school I used many of my regular trips to the library to discover more about moonrises, moonsets and lunar affects on tides.

While Margaret Wise Brown's book features a bunny who says goodnight to everything in his room before going to bed, including the moon beyond his window, the only part of that habit that stuck with me after toddlerhood was the desire to see the moon every night, a ritual I kept for myself no matter location or country.

Now, it is not uncommon for me to keep an old set of opera glasses at the bedside for the desired peak before bed.

Cheers!

9 comments:

Steve Reed said...

Somehow "Goodnight Moon" completely passed me by as a child. I guess my parents just never invested in that book! I do remember watching the moon from my sleeping bag on Boy Scout camping trips, though.

Ms. Moon said...

The moon is a powerful and beautiful part of our lives as humans on this planet. It is no mystery why we are drawn to it.

Wisewebwoman said...

I too love Grandmother Moon and always think of how our planet moves so fast when she is visible.

She is magical.

XO
WWW

Boud said...

The moon is powerful. I don't sleep well on the full moon. It's sn endless source of wonder.

Elephant's Child said...

I share your fascination with the moon. And delight in its appearances in our sky. And I love the idea of you being able to have a late night roll around.

Joanne Noragon said...

I love seeing the moon from my bedroom window.

37paddington said...

The moon affects the tides, the rise and flow of water, and our bodies are made primarily of water, so I've read. No wonder the moon exerts such a mystical pull on us. You've expressed it beautifully. By the way I like your new blog layout, it feels very accessible.

jenny_o said...

I always love to look at the moon and stars when I happen to be outside at night, and now I will think of you looking at it too. It really does give a person a different perspective to look at something that seems close to us but we know is so far away.

Secret Agent Woman said...

Me, too. I love the moon in all its phases and always have. The sight of it soothes my soul.