A 4:00 in the morning walk is just as fun
While we waited for May’s super flower full moon to show up, Ellie and I walked over to the river and watched the sun make its dramatic exit.
She showed me her picture taking techniques and then modeled so I could practice. She wanted to know what was on the other side of the river. I told her it was Kentucky. She remembered the bridge we cross to get there.
Later we used the SkyView app and spotted stars and constellations and talked about why Orion needed a belt. There’s a built-in compass and she watched it point different directions as she changed course while walking.
The app showed the moon still below the horizon so we played with staged photos. She is strong enough to hold the entire moon above her head with both hands.
By 10:00 p.m., the moon still hadn’t made an appearance and the suggestion we wake at 4:00 in the morning was met with glee, so I set an alarm.
Wrapped in blankets we wandered into the front yard at 4:00 a.m. The cat performed figure 8s around our legs and the dogs bolted across the field to chase the startled rabbits.
We walked onto the road in our bare feet and noticed our shadows the super moon cast. We identified the flowery smell from the honeysuckle vines we had tasted earlier. We talked about why the grass was wet and why there was fog over the river.
Then we honored the quiet for a spell. No bird song. No frogs or crickets. No cicadas, yet.
We noticed the blackness and whiteness of everything and spoke quietly about how color is an expression of light. When nearly all light is reflected, you see white. When no light is reflected, you see black. We went on for a while about shades and hues and the absence of light.
And that, my friends, is how you get a 7-year-old ready to go back to sleep.
Until next month’s full Strawberry Moon, may you make moments to create wonder and spark curiosity.