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Moon Set

As I've gotten older, the joy of "sleeping in" has become a thing of the past, so I'm awake most days by 5:30 or so.

There are many benefits to being an early riser, not the least of which is enjoying magnificent sunrises.

This morning, however, I witnessed another of Mother Nature's spectacular shows --a moonset.

Whenever the moon is full, I have trouble sleeping anyway, so often when I awaken in the middle of those nights, I'll go outside just to bask in moonlight. It is so much softer and feels gentler than sunlight, making everything appear more attractive, like the filming techniques used for aging movie stars years ago.

I'd read that Mars would be making an appearance, so when I awakened a little after five, I went out on the deck to see what I could see. And there was the big old moon, hanging right in front of me. Off to the left, and much higher in the sky, I saw one bright star -- could that be Mars? It didn't look any different from a normal star, so later today I'll have to check on the location of Mars. (My astronomical skills obviously need work.)

I live on Hilton Head Island, a major destination for visitors from around the world. This week begins a slowing down in tourist visits, as children head back to school. The island settles into a more normal phase, and residents breathe a sigh of relief at finding a parking space closer to the grocery store.

Our villa is situated in a perfect location -- a short walk takes me to a lovely little shopping area that holds a Post Office, several shops and restaurants, and my hairdresser. A short bike ride in the opposite direction takes me to work; on the way, I pass a few lagoons and a tidal creek, where I always check for alligators or various coastal birds. It's a slow, peaceful life that I love with a surprisingly deep passion.

You see, I'm a city girl. I was born and raised in Philadelphia. I loved the energy and yes, even the noise that comes with city living. I never imagined that I would fall in love with the natural beauty of a small barrier island in South Carolina, of all places! But fall in love is exactly what I did -- hard. And forever. I cannot imagine living anywhere else. My life here is soothing, and feeds my creativity because to be inspired, all I need do is walk out the door.

Our deck overlooks a lagoon, and the fountain in the middle made soothing sounds as I sipped my coffee and watched the moon slipping down the sky. Once they begin their descent, I'm always surprised by how fast the sun or moon set. Before it disappeared behind the tall live oaks across the lagoon, the moon played hide and seek behind some clouds. The clouds were barely visible, blending into the sky which was turning a sharper blue as it lightened into day. Wisps would pass across the moon's face, making it a momentary spooky with a Halloween look. But soon the moon would reappear, so full and looking close enough to grasp in the palm of my hand.

All too soon, the clouds grew thicker, the moon descended below the treetops, and my lunar encounter was at an end. I lingered over my lukewarm coffee, reluctant to go inside and begin the mundane routine with which we all prepare for work. But this day would be different -- it began with wonderment.

Who could ask for a better beginning for the blessing of another day in paradise?

~ Bobbi Hahn ~
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Bobbi lives in that cozy villa beside a lagoon with her husband and two elderly cats. She is a frequent contributor to Heartwarmers and Petwarmers, and more of her work can be seen on her website:
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