Saturday, December 10, 2011

Moon and Stars and More

My fiancé and I woke up early this morning to gaze at the stars and to catch the lunar eclipse happening above us.  As I watched the Earth’s shadow cover the moon, I caught a glimpse of a shooting star flashing across the sky.  That may have been the third time in my entire life (or as far back as I can remember) that I witnessed a shooting star.  I closed my eyes and made a wish. 

Moments like these: standing out there in the silent, cold winter air that captures my breath in a white, ephemeral mist; taking in the vast, early-morning sky expanding above me as Jupiter sparkles red and white and blue against the indigo backdrop; watching Earth’s shadow slowly envelope the moon like a giant blanket only until the rising sun uncovers the moon once again; and viewing the brilliance of a shooting star.  Yes.  Moments like these make me feel like a kid again, witnessing wondrous things that I can’t always explain in full detail and that I haven’t had the chance to experience very often, and feeling like I’m seeing them through “new” eyes.  
I never get tired of being mesmerized by nature’s majesty.


  1. All of this was so beautifully said, JaNay. You certainly captured a memorable moment. Have you checked out the new magazine, Vine Leaf Review Journal (it might be Vine Leaf Journal Review; I'm away from my bookmarks, working off my iPad), but they are interested in "vignettes", and thesis certainly a vignette.

  2. Thanks for the info Mitty. I'll definitely check it out! :)

  3. Lovely. You are such a good writer!