Saving the Moon

29 Nov

What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.

George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) It’s a Wonderful Life

I was driving home from an errand last night, Wednesday. It was around 5:15 when I looked up in the sky. I was struck, nearly dumbfounded with what I saw – the biggest whitest moon I ever saw. For a moment, I convinced myself that I could reach up and touch it or at least drive to the horizon and be enveloped in it.

As I drove home, I had to continually remind myself to look at the road and be aware of the traffic. Driving 101 – right? Well, yesterday, this basic driving necessity was truly a struggle. Instead of giving the road my full concentration, I followed the moon which seemed to be moving as I moved. I imagined G-d was playing volleyball.  I remained mesmerized and marveled over nature the whole ride home, “It’s so huge, isn’t it especially bright, is it following me home?”

I had to share this beautiful moon with my family.

I walked in, and my wife was sitting at the kitchen table working.

“Come outside. I have to show you something.”

“What? Is everything okay?”

“Yeah, yeah. Just come. You have to see this.”

“It’s cold.”

“Just put on your jacket and come with me. Trust me.”

She got on her jacket and followed me outside. I brought her to a spot where you could the moon was visible. I put my hands on her shoulders and said, “Look at the moon. Isn’t it amazing?’

She was quiet for a moment, taking in the amazing sight. She smiled, “thanks for giving me the moon.”

“You’re welcome.”

“Now, let’s go back in the house. It’s cold.” We walked back together.

Later I brought SJ outside. It was after his shower. He wore his winter coat. He was shoeless so I carried him on my shoulders.  When we got outside, I said, “Look at the moon. Isn’t it awesome?”

“Wow, it’s so big!”

“Doesn’t it look like you could touch it?”

“Hmm. I don’t know. I’m cold. Let’s go inside.”

“Don’t you want to look at the moon some more?”

“No, I just want to go inside.” He wasn’t impressed.

Later on, I took BR out who was dressed similarly to SJ. BR decided to walk. When we got outside, I said “Check out that moon. Look how big it is.”

“That’s it? You brought me out here to see the moon. I’m going back in.”

“Don’t you think it looks huge?”

“I’m going back inside.”

I guess the children aren’t ready for the moon. Well, my version of Mary liked it, and so did I.  Next time, I’ll save the moon for my wife and me.



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51 responses to “Saving the Moon

  1. Sara

    November 29, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    Mary likes it!!!!

  2. closefamilies

    November 29, 2012 at 11:32 pm

    I loved this post! I’m often amazed (and distracted) by God’s creations. And I LOVE when my husband does the “psst, come here” routine for something romantic like this. He recently did this one night when the thickest fog Ive ever seen. Under the street lights, it was so eerily beautiful. Our son did not care much for it either.

    • memyselfandkids

      November 30, 2012 at 2:35 am

      Glad you liked it.
      It’s a routine – I’m not an original?

      • closefamilies

        November 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm

        Well… maybe not completely original, since other men make similar gestures, but it’s very sweet nonetheless. I consider myself a lucky lady, especially in those moments, and I’m sure your wife does too. That’s what counts, right??

        • memyselfandkids

          December 2, 2012 at 5:48 pm

          Yes, it is.
          Don’t feel bad – I was half joking. MY dry sense of humor doesn’t always come through.

  3. mauriceabarry

    November 30, 2012 at 1:41 am

    We all share the moon…and there enough to go around :>)

  4. Sis

    November 30, 2012 at 1:54 am

    It’s been a really pretty moon these last few nights. My two year old insists on seeing it and showing it to everyone every night.

    • memyselfandkids

      November 30, 2012 at 2:37 am

      That’s awsome. I wonder if there is something going on. I should Google it.

  5. reverend61

    November 30, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Lovely story. And I’m really glad you got to share it one last time before it gets destroyed in three weeks…

  6. Joyce

    November 30, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    I saw that same moon last night. It was huge and low. My son is pretty unimpressed with most things we point out to him. They lack perspective at that age, I think.

  7. amandabrough

    November 30, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I too had to step outside and marvel at last nights moon, my street, usually quite dark at night, was lit up as if by flood lights. It was truly a wonder to behold.

    Thanks for sharing your post, nature is a truly magnificent gift to us all.

    • memyselfandkids

      December 2, 2012 at 5:49 pm

      Yes, it really is.
      I wonder if something was going on this past week. I should Google it.

  8. journey2dfuture

    November 30, 2012 at 6:53 pm

    I missed the moon although I did hear plenty about it. I’ve now also convinced myself the moon is at fault why my child doesn’t want to go to bed. Either that or because Daddy bear is away.
    Anyway I Love The Moon. And stars. and shooting stars. ! Everything about the sky night or day is just beautiful.

    • memyselfandkids

      December 2, 2012 at 5:50 pm

      I would love to blame the moon for my son’s erratic sleep. The problem is that he is erratic even when there is no moon. I guess he is just plain erratic. I’ll blame my wife.

  9. ateachablemom

    November 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm

    What a beautiful story! My husband takes our daughters outside all the time to see the moon with him. I have yet to be invited or to join them sans invitation, but I will after reading your story. I’m usually doing the dishes or something equally entrancing. Thanks for the push!

    • memyselfandkids

      December 2, 2012 at 5:51 pm

      Yes, the dishes are pretty amazing.
      I do think it’s nice that he has that bonding time with the children.

  10. my27stars

    November 30, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    I’m so glad your Mary loved it! It can be very difficult to keep your eyes on the road with a beautiful moon, rainbow, or sunset following you everywhere. 🙂

  11. didthatjusthappenblog

    November 30, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    I saw the same moon, too! I was picking Mr. T up from school last night and like you, I had a hard time staying focused on the road! Fortunately, Mr. T was willing to indulge me and stare at in awe and make the appropriate “oohhh & ahhhh” sounds. Then he had to fill me in on his day. The moment wasn’t long, but I’m glad I could share that moment with him. 🙂

  12. mrsjuliana

    November 30, 2012 at 11:12 pm

    Ahh the moon is a wonderful sight to behold. I love “It’s a wonderful life!” What a beautiful moment to share with your wife.. minus the cold. lol

    • memyselfandkids

      December 2, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      It is a good movie isn’t it.
      Darn cold – it took away from the moment.

      • mrsjuliana

        December 2, 2012 at 9:41 pm

        Or perhaps added to other moments? 🙂 It’s colder here…

        • memyselfandkids

          December 2, 2012 at 9:56 pm

          Where is here?
          I have already let my wife know that I am retiring to Florida type. However, I love snow. Ahh, the contrasts.

          • mrsjuliana

            December 3, 2012 at 12:22 am

            Here is good old Alberta, Canada. We have lots of snow to spare. 🙂 I want to retire to Hawaii. 🙂

          • memyselfandkids

            December 3, 2012 at 2:42 am

            The hawaii part sounds good. The Alberta part – shiver.

          • mrsjuliana

            December 3, 2012 at 3:53 am

            Ha ha, 5F for you, while -15C for me. What no tradesies?

          • memyselfandkids

            December 3, 2012 at 1:32 pm

            Sorry. Oh man – when will it be spring? Actually, today is freakishly warm for this time of year. Yeaaaaa!

          • mrsjuliana

            December 4, 2012 at 1:51 am

            It’s supposed to be warm tomorrow like -1 so hovering close to zero… but then there is suppose to be a wind chill. Weird weather is wreaking havoc on my head.

          • memyselfandkids

            December 4, 2012 at 3:04 am


          • mrsjuliana

            December 4, 2012 at 3:35 am

            Ha ha 🙂 You’d have to experience it truly know the uggh factor. 🙂

          • memyselfandkids

            December 4, 2012 at 3:46 am

            No thanks. I am going to trust you on that instead.

          • mrsjuliana

            December 4, 2012 at 3:50 am

            Chicken! 😀

          • memyselfandkids

            December 4, 2012 at 3:53 am

            bok bok.

          • mrsjuliana

            December 4, 2012 at 3:55 am


  13. motherhoodisanart

    December 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

    It doesn’t matter how many times I’ve seen a “glorious” moon, I’m always still in awe. My husband and I often go outside and try to capture it in photographs but they never produce the same intensity of what we actually saw. I always feel like a little kid when I get so excited about these kind of things but maybe it’s the opposite…maybe you have to be an adult to actually appreciate these kind of things!!

    • memyselfandkids

      December 2, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Thanks for sharing.
      I actually saw it out the window but wanted them to see it from outside. It just looks more amazing.

  14. Raani York

    December 1, 2012 at 5:08 pm

    The moon is something special to share. A wonderful silvery light and I think just share it with your wife!!
    I like the post though! 🙂

  15. Marta

    December 3, 2012 at 12:22 am

    I think I know exactly what moon that was. It was only a few days ago, but I was just as mesmerized. There are things children can find joy in that we simply cannot see, I suppose the moon is the thing as adults we have to be in awe of.

    • memyselfandkids

      December 3, 2012 at 2:43 am

      Adults and children are different. Shocker there, ehh.
      This moon did seem different. I really should look it up.

  16. now at home mom

    December 3, 2012 at 3:38 am

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  17. littleduckies

    December 3, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    I love how, outside the big cities, the stars and moon are so big and clear and bright, and it looks like you could almost touch them.

  18. Barbara @ Just Another Manic Mommy

    December 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    I saw that moon and dragged my family outside to view it too 🙂

  19. Eleenie

    December 9, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    Hehe! It’s hard to understand sometimes why some people just don’t share your enthusiasm! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  20. patgarcia

    December 9, 2012 at 9:54 pm

    And enjoy it with your wife and appreciate the moments of closeness. The moon is a beautiful planet to look up at and experience feelings of closeness.



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