Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Moonglow

Feeling melancholy, but I am doing OK.

The moon was bright and beautiful tonight so I took some pictures from my back porch. 




If you are in the northern hemisphere, you may be looking at  the same thing as I.  It is not as if I haven't witnessed this thousands of times in my life, but each time I see that bright, beautiful golden ball in the sky, I have a feeling of wonder in my heart.  It makes me think about all that surrounds me; it gives me peace.  In the best of times, and in the most difficult of times, I look for the light of the moon to shine on me.

My Mom used to sing, "I See the Moon" to me all the time.  I then sang it to my children and then my grandchildren.  The tune always put them to sleep, a peaceful, restful sleep.  I looked it up on You Tube and there are many variations of this song.  I tried to find the one that I am familiar with, but none quite sounded like the voice of my mother.  (I told you that I am melancholy tonight). 

Well, this did not exactly sound like my mother either (her voice was a wee bit higher), but I need to get out of this mood.  So here is a puppet giraffe singing my favorite lullaby.


They say the moon affects our mood, and they are probably right.  I am sitting here watching a puppet with a not-so-good voice, croon my favorite lullaby and I am  getting choked up as I sing along with him/it.  It must be a combination of my age, the moon, and memories.  What does it matter, I am enjoying the sight of a beautiful night sky and that is a good thing.  Just don't tell my kids; they might be thinking it is time to consider "what to do about Mom."
 
I am not howling - yet.



39 comments:

  1. The moon affects everything......my mama is so confused at every full moon ......last night was a particularly bad one! That gravitational pull I guess!

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  2. Ah, yes; that sentimental song I learned from my wife and mother-in-law. I didn't know about the second verse, so this has been a learning experience. And, yes, the moon effects us all. I know the medical people, especially in the Emergency Departments, swear that thins go crazier than usual when there is a full moon. Oh, if your children are wondering what to do with you, relax; you're in good company!

    Blessings and Bear hugs!
    Bears Noting

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    1. Rob-Bear, I am glad somebody else has heard this song. Have you sung it to your cubs.

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  3. In all these years I've never heard that song. So sweet! The moon can get me all nostalgic and sentimental too. And if they come to get you, tell em to swing by here. We can teach each other songs. :)

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    1. There are different renditions with different words, but this is the one that I remember. My mom loved to sing and so do I.

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  4. Made me a little teary too...and by the way, nothing wrong with a good howl. Baying at the moon is good for you.

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    1. The weekend is coming. I usually save my howling for then.

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  5. I heard it was the Full Worm Moon because the snow has started to melt - the ground is getting warmer - and the worms are coming out. sandie

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  6. No matter how young or old you are, the moon remains a source of fascination. It has as many moods as people, and it will always be romantic and mysterious even if you've seen it a thousand times before. :-)

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  7. Precious song with special memories--crying seems perfectly right. Howling, too.

    I miss my mother.

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    1. I don't think we ever stop thinking about our mothers, Susan.

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  8. The thing about a heavy heart is that it's full - tho when heavy filled with nostalgia and angst it's still good
    (and here's why I think...)

    A small hardended heart that never gave nor filled with love or joy doesn't know what it is to be a heavy heart -
    Only the hearts that loved and danced and shared can know the heavy hearted side. And that is what the moon pulls upon - the fullness/high tide of that love, tho known, now missed....

    PS And may I be so bold as to say, your mom misses you too, but carries on in your memory of her voice, her song, your song

    Hugs and moon-gaze on!
    Issy

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  9. Feeling a bit moon-lencholy are we? My kids go nuts when it is a full moon. I love a harvest moon, though. Thanks for stopping by Medicare Mom. I always look forward to your comments.

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  10. What a lovely back porch view you have. And thanks for the song, which I've never heard before. My mom's favorite song was "Wabash Cannonball" which she would play on the piano and make sound like church music. We kids would sing slowly and laugh and laugh. She'd pretend to scold us. Oh my, moms, eh?

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  11. Fantastic pictures of the moon. And yes - 'I see the moon, the moon sees me ......' that song's been around for a long while.

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  12. Yes, I remember that song, so I reckon I've been around for a while, too. That's one of the songs I used to sing to our kids at bedtime, but we had quite a strange repertoire. Some really silly silly stuff. REALLY silly.

    I love the moon, too, especially when it's full. Its beauty fills me, if you know what I mean, but I don't think it's ever made me feel melancholy. Contemplative, maybe, especially when Smarticus was in Nam.

    Take care.

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    1. zI just knew you would know this, Susan. We lived the same life.

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  13. Oh my, I see the moon and the moon sees me. Such a reflective post. And as the moon casts eerie shadows upon the branches of the trees in my garden, I thank you for this posting.

    In peace a moonlit wishes, your way,

    Gary :)

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  14. what lovely photos of the moon!! there is definitely something to a full moon..Catholics say Mary is like the moon, as she reflects a greater source.

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  15. The moon affects the tide, why should it not alter our moods. My husband always says the harvest moon makes him ache for adventure. I look at the moon and wonder who else is looking up at the same moon. I think there was a disney song about that feeling. I hope you are finding signs of spring. Bonnie

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    1. What sort of advenure is your husband looking for? You are a lucky lady, Bonnie.

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  16. Dear Arleen, the giraffe singing your special song brought tears to my eyes also. And I think that having a night threaded with memories of listening to your mother sing to you and watching the moon shine blessedly onto the landscape that is now your home is a gift really to that part of yourself that is always seeking home. Peace.

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    1. They are beautiful memories that I will always have, at least untill the dementia sets in.

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  17. Blue moon . . . . .

    Yes, I too was standing alone at the window looking at that bright orb in the sky. There is something melancholy about it and why should we not give in to the feeling sometimes.

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    1. Absolutely! Free to be just me even if the neighbors are upset over my howling.

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  18. Nice to find your blog. I'm looking at the Big "R" shortly -- a little less than 2 months -- and I like finding folks who are also writing about change after retirement. I'm excited and nervous. Kind of like going away to college.

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    1. The first two weeks are good, then there may be a letdown but you have to pick yourself up and reinvent yourself. Get a purpose, and follow your heart.

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  19. The moon is magical. I am one to gaze awestruck at sunsets too. What a wonder. The best I have ever seen was in Nice, South of France. Every night was a feast over the Bay of Angels.

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  20. I'm a moon lover and your giraffe song just made me beam!
    Love Leanne

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