Thursday, February 21, 2008
A Sentimental Lunar Eclipse
When my daughter was little, heading to sleep-away camp and worried about being homesick, I would tell her to look at the moon. She could be certain I would be looking at it, too, and she would know her connection to home was unbroken.
Last night, on my way in from the studio, I stopped to admire the lunar eclipse and was reminded of those long-ago days. So I called Clara and told her to go look at the moon. Pete came outside, too, with the binoculars, and proceeded to tell me that in ancient times people thought eclipses were an omen of bad things to come. (He's listening to a series of Great College Courses on tape and loves to share what he learns.) So we had a nice family moment, even though Clara is 300 miles away, happily ensconced in her dorm room, and not homesick at all. Ah, the magic of cell phones and celestial events!