Shine On, Shine On

Harvest MoonI woke up this morning to a strange golden light coming in through my window.  Carlos and I stepped out on the deck to see what we could see.  His tiny bare toes tiptoed across the chilly dew-covered boards then stopped.  He looked up in the sky to the harvest moon.  His perfect little mouth curled into a smile then he whispered, “WOW!”

Yes, Baby Carlos Punkin…Wow. 

What a perfect word to start the day…WOW.  Even in his less than three years, he’s already seen the moon a hundred times.  But he reminds me to delight in it, to see it.  Sometimes it is so easy to forget to see the things we look at every day.  

Vivi asks me questions.  She reminds me to wonder and to investigate.  I love living in this age of Google when I can say, “Let’s look it up!”  Here’s what she and I talked about when we talked about the moon.  “Are other people seeing this moon, too?”  We found this really cool image from EarthSky.com:

Day and night sides of Earth at the instant of the September 2013 full moon (2013 September 19 at 11:13 Universal Time). Notice that dawn is coming to the U.S. while night is falling in Asia when the September 2013 moon reaches the crest of its full phase. Image credit: Earth and Moon Viewer

Day and night sides of Earth at the instant of the September 2013 full moon (2013 September 19 at 11:13 Universal Time). Notice that dawn is coming to the U.S. while night is falling in Asia when the September 2013 moon reaches the crest of its full phase. Image credit: Earth and Moon Viewer

I love having all these little minds around; they remind me to look, to ask.  To wonder.  

11 thoughts on “Shine On, Shine On

  1. Amanda Harris

    Yes! I have learned so much in wanting to answer my kids’ questions! And paid attention to so much because they point out how beautiful and amazing things are that I’d taken granted for years.

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      1. christymimi

        Oh, that’s right! — We haven’t actually met yet. 😉 I know what you mean though because we are only just now, as adults, realizing how much stuff my mother made/makes up. Always with that little grain of truth in it…

  2. Beth Holmes

    It is fantastic to see things again through your children’s eye. And it doesn’t stop when they are 13 I was glad to find that out. It’s less frequent for sure though. As far as the moon goes. I saw it here in New England last night too and it was just fantastic. Huge and glowing and golden. The light was reflected off of the water of 100 Acre Cove next to the old white New England style church. I almost stopped the car. Should have.

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  3. Chris Antenen

    True about learning as grandmothers. Once I spent most of a day helping my grandson find all the things in a house that have acid in them. There are a bunch!

    About that beautiful moon, It seemed that every time my granddaughter and I, when she was 3,4,5, were in the back seat of my daughter’s car in Atlanta, there would be a full moon. And of course we had to sing the moon song. You know “I see the moom, the moon sees me . . .” For a long time she said ‘Glod Bess the moon.’

    For the harvest moon, it’s always right at the end of the drive our house is on — it curves, so every year we find it. Too late for yesterday, duh, but I’ll see it tonight.

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