Celestial Skies

During tonight’s Supermoon lunar eclipse, my daughter, niece and I laid on the concrete looking at the sky, heads together. We tried to take selfies that turned out ridiculous and laughed joyfully at our failing attempts.

When I couldn’t see anything for a long time, I chalked it up to cloud cover or city lights blocking the view of the moon, but right before we gave up, I saw a red hazy circle. Continuing to look at it, the hue became brighter and our experience had begun.

My daughter insisted on me staying outside with her to watch the whole eclipse process. At first I was hesitant, but she pushed me along. I knew she wanted/needed to spend time with me, so I sat down on our front porch chair and let her 12-year-old, 5′ 10″ frame sit on my lap.

We cuddled for an hour, rocking back and forth. I sang her favorite lullabies “You are my Sunshine” and “Baker Baker” by Tori Amos (not a conventional lullaby, but it works all the same).

Enjoying the nighttime air and silence with my baby girl was a precious gift, a reminder that my “conditions” aren’t just about me. A reminder that I have something every moment of everyday to fight for: my girls, and especially my baby.

2 thoughts on “Celestial Skies

  1. My other blog post of this same name posted incorrectly, so I’m re-posting and adding Annie’s sweet comment:

    gentlekindness
    September 28 at 2:47 am

    My daughter is 12 too and she is very tall for her age. Although not as tall as 5 10.
    She seems to be nearly taller than me now.

    I still get hugs when I go to get them at night.

    It is good for them still to hug you and sit with you at 12.
    Some parents think that age is too old for hugs but we still need them and we are adults.

    I think many parents want their kids to grow up too fast. What is so great about being an adult that we should rush them? Nothing much.

    You are a good Mom.

    Blessings,
    Annie

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yeah they will always need our love, attention and affection, especially going through all the tough transitions. Thank you! And you’re a good mom too.

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