Seleia has been studying Astronomy, and is just finishing up her module on the Moon. What great timing (thanks, God!) to have the last lunar eclipse for the next three years right on schedule. She & I dragged ourselves out of bed at 6 this morning, bundled up for the 22 degree weather, made some nice hot coffee, and headed outside to watch the phenomenon take place.
As we snuggled in a blanket in the frosty yard we watched the moon disappear, then she asked questions like, "So if I can't see the moon during the eclipse, why doesn't that make it a new moon?" and told me what phase (new, quarter, gibbous) that the moon was looking like at that moment. We visited Daddy at work later and she couldn't wait to tell him about our early morning adventure! Then we went inside to warm up for a few moments before watching the moon reappear....just as the sun came up. We got to view an "impossible" eclipse. What a treat! I have a feeling she'll remember her lessons about the moon for some time to come.
are students of words: we are shut up in schools, and colleges, and
recitation-rooms, for ten or fifteen years, and come out at last with a
bag of wind, a memory of words, and do not know a thing."