LeAnne Martin
Beauty and the Beholder

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Beauty of the Moon

The last few weeks, the sun has been rising a little earlier, so when we leave the house for school, there's a bit of light to guide us. Yesterday, as we drove down our street, we saw the moon big and full just ahead. It had a haze around it, which reminded me of the fog a couple of weeks ago. It was so beautiful. I don't tend to think about the moon until I see it, but if it weren't there, I would miss it.

The beauty and mystery of the moon have inspired many people to write songs about it, or about love under the moon, or a longing for love under the moon, or even "I have nobody except the moon." Songs like "Blue Moon," "It's Only a Paper Moon," "Dancin' in the Moonlight," "Carolina Moon," "Moon River and Me", "Moonlight and Roses." These songs make me think of romance, and of Valentine's Day on Saturday.

Then there's "Fly Me to the Moon," which makes me think of The Flintstones, where I first heard Fred sing the song to Wilma. Now that was romantic.

For fun, I looked up some quotes about the moon and of course there are scores of them. Here are a few favorites:

“I like to think that the moon is there even if I am not looking at it.” Albert Einstein

“See how nature - trees, flowers, grass - grows in silence; see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence...we need silence to be able to touch souls.”  Mother Teresa of Calcutta

“Beauty is a form of genius - is higher, indeed, than genius, as it needs no explanation. It is of the great facts in the world like sunlight, or springtime, or the reflection in dark water of that silver shell we call the moon.”  Oscar Wilde

“When I admire the wonder of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in worship of the Creator.” Mahatma Gandhi
“The moon, like a flower
In heaven's high bower,
With silent delight
Sits and smiles on the night.”
William Blake
And finally, a blessing for you: “May you have warm words on a cold evening, a full moon on a dark night and a smooth road all the way to your door.” Irish Blessing


jhand said...

Joshua and I always look for the moon in the morning as we get into the car. We leave when it is still dark. We sing a song about the moon and play hide and seek with it as it hides behind clouds and trees. Then as we near school we watch the moon fade from view as we watch the sun rise through the rear view mirror. I hope that he too, like his Mama, will never loose his sense of wonder over the sight of the sun or the moon. Awesome gifts from a loving Creator.

Happy Valentine's Day

LeAnne Benfield Martin said...


I love that you do that with him. I think it's so important to pass on a love of beauty to our children. And to protect that sense of wonder in them and ourselves.



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