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Moonstruck

Last night around 11PM I quickly climbed outside my second-story bedroom window onto the  roof that sits above the kitchen addition.   The roof is narrow and flat and covered in rubber. I was in a hurry to shoot the full moon before it moved behind a stand of tall trees on its trajectory across the night sky. I am a 55-year-old woman with dimensions incompatible with squeezing through a small opening in a big hurry. I barked my shin on the way out, bumped my head and cursed that moon. Rushing and grumbling, I impatiently set up my tripod and took a few quick photos only to find that my camera settings were off. As I anxiously readjusted the ISO and F-Stop, that beautiful annoying moon slipped behind the treetops and hid from my view.

It was near midnight as I stood high above the earth, irked at the moon. Then I noticed how quiet the world was. How the air was soft and cool and the black rubber roof, still holding the heat from the day’s sunshine, was warm beneath my bare feet.  I could see the neighborhood houses had closed their eyes, save for a few lighted windows winking at me through branches moving in the breeze.

Behind me, in the home I was leaning up against with one shoulder, my husband and children slept. Our big, sweet, retriever dog Baloo had followed me to the window. Looking confused as I squeezed through the narrow opening, he’d cocked his head from side to side, and was watching me still. With a heavy sigh I heard him plop down below the windowsill inside to wait for me.  I took a deep, contented breath and did the same on the other side of the wall. And there I sat, like a happy gargoyle perched on the roof, inhaling the silence, waiting on the moon.

Cheese!

Cheese!

By the time  she sauntered into a gap between the trees about 30 minutes later, I was calm and ready. I had a heart filled with love. Love of this home, this family, this neighborhood, the sleeping people, this night, this moon. I stood and put my eye to the viewfinder and seeing her full in the frame I said, “Well, there you are. Took your sweet time, I see.” She smiled and said, “Cheese!” as I clicked the shutter.

~Mammamste~
There is so much divinity in the everyday.

The world shines about me,

luminous as the moon

smiling like a rose,

and a sweet benediction flows

through everything existing.

How beautiful life is.

Hamza El Din

7 Comments Post a comment
  1. Lori Anne, Your writing is a masterpiece of wisdom, delight, and authenticity! Thank You for sharing your gift!

    July 24, 2013
    • You’re welcome Mary! You always have something so gracious to say. I appreciate your comment very much.

      July 24, 2013
  2. Carmen Netten #

    Oh Lori Anne – I always smile and feel inspired after visiting your world 🙂

    July 24, 2013
    • You are welcome in my world any time Carmen!

      July 24, 2013
  3. Debbie #

    I love your ability to re-center yourself and appreciate all the universe has to offer anew. Thank you for the loving voice you add to the mix. ❤

    July 24, 2013
    • Beautifully said, Debbie and such a necessary skill to cultivate! “Re-center and appreciate all the universe has to offer anew.” Love that.

      July 25, 2013
  4. rar57@comcast.net #

    Great story — thanks Lori!

    Rosemary

    July 28, 2013

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