Yeah, I had to drag it out. Everyone else is, so why not? Lol.
Tomorrow is a pretty magical night, Blue Moon, partial lunar eclipse, New Years Eve. Big stuff. However, as it usually happens on all awesome celestial happenings, it will be raining here in "Sunny" Florida..(scoffs) so I have been spending some time outside tonight. The clouds are racing in, covering the moon from time to time, only to race away again and light up my yard as bright as day. It is beautiful, stark, and cold. I love it.
A few minutes ago I was outside, watching Alex run around in the moonlight, chasing the cat around, and staring up at the moon, and a memory from the past filtered into my mind. Of course we have all heard of "The Man in the Moon," but I always saw it as the "Mother In the Moon" because to me, it looks like the face of a gentle and concerned mother, looking down on her children. It brought me comfort. The memory was from back when I was maybe 9 or 10 years old, and I was staying in Tennessee for the summer with my cousin Leeanna, and we were roller skating one night under her concrete carport, and the moon was full. I stopped skating and told her about my Mother in the moon thing, and she laughed and said everyone knew it was the Man in the Moon, but what everyone did NOT know was that if you stared at the full moon for too long, that you would magically be transported somewhere else, far away from your family and home. Now I was pretty sure that was hogwash, but the moon has always had its mysteries, so I gave this a lot of thought.
I started wondering if it were true, and how could you be prepared if such a thing happened. Like, what if I were holding a family members hand when it happened, or what if I had a little suitcase full of things I might need in case of magical teleportation. I mean, this was serious stuff for a 10 year old to ponder! Lol...
For a long time after that, I would not look at the moon for longer than a few seconds at a time. Better safe than sorry you know? But over the years I would remember that night, and how it just added to the magical quality of the moon for me.
So tonight, I look upon her in all her glory..and remember a bit of the magic of my youth...
Have a wonderful New Year my friends. I wish you all love, joy, prosperity, hope, success, and happiness...
What a lovely story!
Beautiful memory! Thanks for sharing it - the magic of a child's mind!
Happy New Year to you!
Love the story. *stares and stares at he moon*
Have a Happy New Year filled with Good Health and Prosperity for you and your family.
*giggles* -- I had similar paranoias about the moon as I child too!! Now I love to stand and stare at Her and breathe her in...
A blessed Blue Moon to you and I wish you a joyous and abundant 2010...
Bella, this is a beautiful story. You do have a wonderful way with words. And you have definitely inspired a desire to do some moon gazing for me, though I think it's supposed to be raining and cloudy here tonight too!
This is a great story. I will be seeing the moon in a different light tonight. Happy New Year, Bella.
So perfect! I really love that image!
i have been to that site. maybe it was you that sent me there. the two women that will be helping me had never heard of practical magic. now they are fans. i sent them the link and they are going to look at all the rooms and then help me find everything i need to start renovations! this is going to be a blast. can you imagine a garden with boots sticking out of the ground? a small white pitcher and saguaro cactus pancakes? and small black umbrellas on the roof? i can't wait. i will post all of the progress too. have a wonderful new year!
What a lovely memory! Thanks for sharing the story with us... the moon was beautiful last night and I stared and stared. It transported me to somewhere else within myself, but physically I was still the same.... Brightest Blessings for the New Year!
Isn't it wonderful to just remember?
I loved this story...and the way you described it all.
Hope you had a wonderful New Year!
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