Monday, September 15, 2014

When Friends and Family Feel Far Away ...

The moon looked even closer when seen through our windshield than it does in this photo.
While still in Montana, but driving towards to the western coast of the United States last week, I was browsing through Facebook. My friend Sandra, from Toronto, Ontario, Canada had posted a gorgeous picture of the night sky. She had taken it the evening before. Her caption was "Oh, Super Duper Harvest Moon, you rock."

Her post made me smile. It was not quite yet dawn, and I had just looked down from the view through our windshield - of a huge, white moon. It seemed suspended low enough in the sky that we might almost be able to reach it, as soon as we crossed an upcoming mountain pass. 


It was, of course, the same moon my friend had photographed from where she lives, so many miles from our car. Suddenly Earth seemed much smaller, and far-away friends and family much less distant.

I wrote on my friend's Facebook wall: "We have had a beautiful view of it in Montana! Great photo! It is gorgeous at dawn this morning as well!" She responded, "I was up at 6, but if it was out it was behind some clouds, or more trees. Glad we could all share the same moon!"



Such a beautiful moon!
We all share the same moon. A comforting thought, knowing that my family was soon to be separated by hundreds of miles once again. Taking my oldest child to her second year of college was easier than the trip twelve months before, but I was still feeling the pangs of separation. Thanks Sandra, for a well-timed post.

If your friends and family feel far away - it may be helpful to remember that we all share the same moon.  Our moon, sun, and stars (though viewed in different locations in the sky) are something that we all can see.



My children and I will always look at the same moon every night, no matter how far they live from me.

Has the moon ever been a source of comfort to you?
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14 comments :

  1. Yes Susan, I have had that very thought many times. It is soothing. Nicely written. Thank you for this thought today - I will carry it with me for the rest of the day

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    1. Thanks Carol. Glad the thought was helpful.

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  2. So hard to be separated form the ones we love. Thinking of us sharing the same moon is comforting!

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  3. What a beautiful post Susan! Such a nice way to think about our loved ones when we have to be separated. Loved the pictures!

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    1. It was a beautiful drive - clear blue skies both ways! The view of Mt Rainier was clearer than I have ever seen it!

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  4. Aw, you made me cry! I love my friends still, and the years as well as the miles are like nothing when we are able to share our thoughts and feelings. Back in high school, it was a long long long distance phone call, or a postcard that took weeks to arrive. Imagine how far we've come.

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    1. SO far! LIfe is very different, than when I was in school and my parents were overseas. A letter from them took 2 weeks to get to me! I can't imagine not being able to text and talk with my daughter in college!
      It is no wonder we lost touch for a bit - but so glad to be communicating again through Facebook and our blogs. I've been enjoying yours Sandra. - http://chumpletwrites.blogspot.com.

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    2. Me, too, Susan! I suck at letter writing. All those bothersome stamps... :)

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    3. And having to actually get the letter to the post office ... mail often travels back and forth to town in my car for a while before I remember to send it!

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  5. Something I often remember. Gorgeous, sentimental, loving and beautiful post. Thank you.

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    1. Thank you for such a nice compliment!

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  6. Such a beautiful post! Thank you so much for sharing it at Motivation Monday!

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    1. I'm glad you liked it, Barb. Thanks for hosting such a great linkup!

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