Yesterday I took a day to be just me. Well, an afternoon. I went to the mall, where I could be just me, surrounded by a bazillion people.
I walked around. Tried on clothes and bags and shoes. I went into stores with breakable things and I didn’t have to worry about anyone breaking anything. Well, anyone besides me.
I emerged from the mall as the sun was going down, and it looked glorious.
Southern California never fails when it comes to January Sunsets.
I stood on the roof of the parking lot for a while, under the orange sky, breathing the cool air. It was time to go home.
As I drove up the street before mine, the giant full moon suddenly came into view. It was shining like a bright white sun. I sped past my house and drove up to the top of the highest hill in our neighborhood. I got out of the car. The view was perfect. The moon lit up the whole valley.
I was still just me. I didn’t want to be just me anymore.
I jumped back in my car and drove back to my house. I ran through the front door, grabbed the dog, and told Mike and Annie to come with me. I didn’t say where we were going or why.
As we drove up the hill through the neighborhood, I smiled to myself. This was going to be so perfect. We’d make the curve at the top of the hill and the moon would come into view. Mike and Annie would be so amazed by the moon’s size.
In my head, it was going to play out like a scene from a movie.
We arrived at the same spot I’d been in just a few minutes earlier. I pulled Annie out of the car and Mike climbed out. “What are we doing in this parking lot?” Mike asked.
“LOOK.” I said pointing. “Look how beautiful the moon is!”
Annie didn’t want to look at the moon. She made it loudly known that the only thing she wanted was her princess book still in the car.
Mike didn’t want to look at the moon. He wanted Annie to chill out and not disturb the houses nearby.
It was not like a movie.
I wanted them to see what I saw – the moon as bright as I’d ever seen it, and so big and close it looked like I could pluck it right out of the sky. It was too spectacular to keep to myself. At least I tried.
But maybe next time I try I won’t get my hopes up.
This is a story I can totally relate to! Just a few days ago, we were up in Mammoth (attempting to ski in the half inch of slush). We had one extra day and I thought it would be a FANTASTIC idea to take a quick trip over to Yosemite. Neither my husband nor my kids were even remotely interested! Isn’t that crazy? I went ahead and went with my friend and we had a blast (I even got to ice skate on a frozen Lake Tenaya). Just be glad that you can derive pure joy from something as simple and natural as the beauty of a full moon ….. there are lots of people who don’t share this gift.
Judi Cohen says:
As well as Robin, I can actually relate to this story as well, nothing happens just like in the movies, you should`ve added dinner into the little trip, some deserts, and trust me, they woud`ve just shut up and enjoy the nice view of the moon.
We did barbeque’s last time something like this happened, we sure did enjoyed it.
I remember my dad obsessing over the sky. We used to make wishes on coins held up to the light of the new moon… and he was always on the NASA site. It took me a while as a kid to understand the beauty of the world… now I worship it.
Annie will get it one day. She’ll understand the beauty.
Only in Louisiana ~ documenting the adventures of life! says:
You did a great job of photographing that beautiful moon and I enjoyed it! I kow how hard it is to photograph the moon as I tried to do so two days ago as well! Not an easy task!
I audibly sighed at the end of reading this. One of my favourite posts of yours EVER. Just beautiful.
I’ll be completely honest…because I’ve gone through ordeals like that..this won’t be the last time…and I’m sure you know that Heather. But then there will be the EVEN better times…the times she runs and gets you…to show you the most amazing things. Those are the best times!
I texted a friend about the moon…I said, “Is the moon as big at your house as it is at mine?” Now I know because we were both enchanted by the same view! Woo-hoo!
Fantastic photo, Heather! Too bad the “cast” didn’t follow your instructions! Guess they just needed more time to get into the role.
Ashley Tinius says:
Totally relate to this post!
Totally can relate. Sometimes moments that you think everyone should “get” are not “gotten”.
I get it. I would not have gotten it as a little kid but I totally get it now.
Thought of you and Maddie yesterday. New Yorks sky around 5pm was a pinkish purple and I automatically thought of you and your family!
I took notice of the moon last night and how grand and lovely it was too. I love the fact no matter where one lives, all we peer under the same beautiful moon!! It makes you feel less alone in a world that can seem so big & cold at times and for that, I am totally grateful for!!!
Love that picture! Sorry the rest of the gang didn’t get into it (we totally have moments like that at our house). But you were totally present in the moment, and that’s what counts!
Whats wrong with getting your hopes up? Being excited for your family to see what you see … even if they cant see what you do you are showing them who you are and what you see as beautiful. Maybe next time they will see it out of the corner of their eye and they will remember how excited you are to see the big bright moon. It’s ok to get you hopes up.
The same moon enchanted me, too! It was as big, bright, and low as I’ve ever seen it. I felt like it was speaking to me.
This post made me laugh out loud which in turn, made my 2-ear old crack up. I laughed because I had a similar experience yesterday except we were all in the car together and while crossing a bridge I said aloud how beautiful and huge the moon looked. Hubs was focused on the game on the radio and the 2-year old was too busy to look away from her book. Ah well, at least I appreciated the moment.
I understand how you feel lol. I think every mother has moments like this. I used to LOVE to go for night walks. I was so full of anticipation as I got my three kids in the stroller, and finally convinced my hubby to leave the comfort of the couch. Walking in the crisp air, with the moon and the stars puts me in such a good mood until my son starts complaining about the park we just passed without stopping, and my daughter starts crying because her baby brother keeps touching her, and then her baby brother starts wailing because he’s overtired. And then my husband gives me this look like, ‘I told you so’. Sigh. I’m just going to keep trying until at least ONE of them enjoys it.
Beautiful picture. Beautiful post. They will get it “someday”
thanks for sharing with all of us.
Love, love when you can see the full moon and you feel like you can touch it
Debby Pucci says:
It was an amazing moon last night!
That, right there, is a perfect metaphor for life as a mom.
HNY girlfriend. Glad you got some time to yourself. Takeoff is glorious. Landing is often bumpy.
I agree with Merlotmom. It realy is the perfect metaphor for life as a mom. It’s happened to all of us.
…”Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans….”
Thanks for the post. It was really great.
On a recent trip to visit my in-laws in Kentuky, I had the brilliant idea that we needed to take the scenic route through a delightful little historical town rather. It would be GREAT! Educational! Both kids griped as we wound around roads snaking into the beautiful hilly countryside, demanding to know what was taking so long. We finally arrived and I was all, “Look! Isn’t Rugby just perfect?!” They both looked at me like I was crazy and one said, “What?? THIS is IT? I thought it was gonna be COOL or something!” They then balked at getting out of the vehicle to walk around and look at the houses and welcome center. They mumbled and grumbled until we returned to the van. I was torn between feeling defeated and being mad that the little ingrates didn’t see how awesomemthis sweet tiny town was. And then I remembered road trips with my own dad hollering from the driver’s seat, “Kids! Look! See the ( insert mountain, lake, ocean, hawk, moose, whatever)!!!!! ” And we’d be all, pssht, I’m napping.
But yes, at least Dad tried. And I do. And they will to.
Oopsie. Rather than the interstate..
And forgive the typos! Proofing maybe should be done prior to hitting submit!
So funny! Reminds me of a time one fall when my kids and I were driving home from church and I was pointing out all the beautiful fall foilage on different trees and as they were all yawning and acting so disinterested, I said (since we had just come from church), aren’t we lucky God made it a colorful world, He could have just made it black and white to which my youngest – about 4 yrs old – said “well, at least we would still have black and white chocolate”!!!
Expat Mom says:
Ah, the life of a mom! When we were in Canada, I was really excited to take the kids to the museum that I used to love as a child and we went and looked at the dinosaur bones and insects, etc. My oldest (5 at the time) said, “You said this was going to be fun. This is so NOT fun!” I think it happens to all of us!
Heather, I spent the weekend in San Francisco at my daughter’s apartment (I live in Sacramento). We were sitting on her sofa last night watching The Help and she pointed the moon out to me. It was so bright it lit up the city! I know just what you were feeling when you saw it. I looked out the window a while later, and it was gone (or too high for me to see).
Dawn @What's Around the Next Bend? says:
It was JUST like the movie… just the home version LOL