Check this out about the moon and sun. The sun is 400 times larger than the moon. And it’s 400 times further away. What an amazing and happy coincidence that is. It’s practically ecliptic is what it is. No, seriously. I mean it. It’s practically ecliptic, which is both a noun and an adjective. Definition: a great circle on the celestial sphere representing the sun’s apparent path during the year, so-called because lunar and solar eclipses can occur only when the moon crosses it.
And Earth is perfectly positioned to see the moon and sun do that.
Boom! That’s another amazing and happy coincidence. And our solar system and universe seem to be full of coincidences. Or as some like to say, “co-inkydinks.” Not me, of course. But others say it.
The moon and sun will cross paths in that magically ecliptic way, at least partially, again this coming October 25th. And the fact that “scientists” can predict that is yet another amazing and happy coincidence. See what I mean? The co-inkydinks just keep on comin’.
Well, all of this popped onto my internal radar screen when I thought about a rhyme I first shared ten years ago.
A few years before that, we had a nephew who rented a room from us. And he liked to research entrepreneurial opportunities. One of the potential businesses he discovered included a way to paint stars and galaxies on ceilings with a special paint. “Special,” because you can’t see it in the daytime. But at night, when you turn out the lights, after they’ve been on for a bit, your ceiling looks like the night sky.
Very cool idea.
We liked it so much that when we eventually repainted that bedroom, we left the ceiling alone. And we just bought wall paint that went well with it.
And ten years ago, when I thought of that experience, I wrote this rhyme for kids.
There’s a moon in my room…
And the light is in my eyes.
It came in through the window
Just as soft as lullabies.
There’s a smile on its face
As it floats up on the wall.
I love the way it flitters
Without any sound at all.
And I’d love to fly up there,
With the moon, into the sky.
But the sandman just stopped in…
So, for now, I must say “bye.”
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