Thursday, July 9, 2009
Last night, I happened to look out my kitchen window, when I saw the most incredible full moon. It was so low, I thought I could actually touch it. This photo is a poor excuse for a moon picture, but, as I said before, I just have a simple digital. When I looked at the calendar, it indicated that we had an official "Full Moon" on the day before, so I decided to take a closer look. I leashed up Gizzy, who didn't understand why we were going outside in the middle of the night. The grass was wet from the rain earlier and he was not at all enthusiastic about the whole thing. It was so beautiful and quiet outside - with everyone asleep - seeing that incredible, full moon suspended in the night sky, surrounded by some clouds illuminated by the moon shine. I have always enjoyed staring up into the constellations, but especially the full moon. When I was just a kid in Germany, I used my Opa's (grandpa) binoculars to gaze up into the moon for hours. Studying the shadows of the craters and lines, I could almost see "the man in the moon" and I was convinced that the story was really true. There are many different versions of the story, but this is what I was told: A man was banished to the moon for gathering sticks on the sabbath. He was sentenced by God to live on the moon as an example for all the world to see. He is to serve as a reminder for everyone to observe the sabbath. Hey, it worked for me. Lastly, here's a beautiful picture (albeit not taken by me) of a magnificent full moon amongst some clouds, because that's very similar to what I saw last night.