Sorry guys, this blog is not about the blue moon. I went out for a while though to see it a few minutes ago but it was partially obscured by our neighbor’s house.
Back when my family was still staying in the province (grade school years, I think) I was always fascinated by the night sky. In the province, it is clearly seen with those twinkling stars that appear one by one. In grade school our Science teacher would draw figures of the constellation and the planets and he would let us identify each one of them. He would say the star Sirius is always the brightest and we should learn to identify the Orion’s belt which always points to Sirius. What fascinated me was the moon. When it’s full, it illuminates enough that my cousins and I would play in our front yard before going to sleep. And I seriously thought that the moon moved while we walked. It followed us everywhere. It will always hide its face among the trees and show its brightest when we reach the open fields. Such ignorant thoughts of the young.
When I was in high school, our trip back to the province was always welcome. I always looked forward to those nights that my siblings and I would arrange a mat on the grass and lie there while watching the stars at night. We would use kerosene lamps for light while eating boiled peanuts and exchanging childish stories about ghosts and such.
I was surprised a few months ago when we asked Nate what he wanted to be when he grows up. And in his excited young voice he said, “astronaut”. I asked Nissa how it came about and she said that they watched a movie earlier in the week showing astronauts. One time, they left late during a visit, he looked at the sky and said “bye moon, bye stars”. He used to be afraid of the sound of airplanes when he hears it but when he experienced riding on one last year during their five-day vacation in the South, he would always look at the window when he hears an airplane passing by. Children learn more through experience, right?
By the way, Mr. Wiki says a blue moon happens when there are two full moons in a single calendar month. I looked at the calendar and there are two full moons this month, last July 2nd and today.
Have you seen it yet?