Sunshine reflecting off the moon catches my attention as I glance out my living room window.
It is worth a second look.
The moon, waxing towards full, looms large in the window’s frame.
Clouds obscure and reflect some of the moon’s light, how fitting for an October night.
The Moon, so far away and yet so near. Far enough from this Earth’s night to be lit by sunlight, and yet, close enough for the privileged few to have left their footprints on its ancient surface.
Looking out my window, I am again aware that my chances of ever going to the moon are finite to a very small scale. Still, I wonder what it would be like to be there.
Embraced by the Moon’s gravity, what would it be like?
Moonlight lingers for a while that night. Sunshine bouncing off the moon is providing extra living room light.
I wonder what it would be like to bathe in sunshine while standing on the Moon. And what of the reflected sunlight that bounces off my space suit, would it mingle with the moonlight and reach the night skies of Earth?
After a time though, the moon passes from view, taking the reflected sunshine with it.
The night seems less warm after. I feel the Earth holding me, there is comfort in this. Still I cannot help but wonder what it would have been like to have become sunshine mingled with moonlight.
Michael A. Crane, Jr.
October 10, 2006