Monday, 17 March 2008

spectacular but mundane

Last night there was a perfect corona of cloud around the moon - a spectacular, eerie sight, with the stars twinkling down in between. I burst back into the house (dragging the dog with me - I think he was done watering the lawn at that point) and called B to come see! Come see!

I expected him to be mesmerized like I was, to wonder about what on earth caused that, to be entranced...

But no. He stuck his head out the door (didn't even put his foot over the sill!) and dismissed it. 'It's a moonring, Jess. It means we have bad weather on the way.'

He went on to explain that it was high-altitude ice crystals in the air that caused this, and I let his (perfectly reasonable! scientifically sound! correct!) explanation wash over me.

I was too busy looking at the spilt milk in the sky.


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And tonight, as the wind whips the trees around and my daughter rustles in her bed (the wind wakes her, she'll pad into my room soon enough) I know his reasoning was all well and good.

But I still like to think up there, high above our heads, there's a flying bovine searching for her lost bucket, annoyed at herself for kicking it over again.

13 comments:

witchypoo said...

A lot of country folk in this area have learned to read the weather pretty well. I was really good at it until I moved to the city, but I still have some tricks up my mukluks.

Vanessa said...

My SO does this and it irritates me to no end. I will think something is so wonderful bordering on magical and he will squash it instantly with his over analytical, scientific, scholarly explination then look at my crestfallen face and simply say, well, you were wrong. You want to know, right?

ZOLOFT MOM said...

in my opinion, the logical explanation to anything is never as fun.. or as beautiful. forget moon rings, i'd stick with the cow.

jAMiE said...

I like your explanation better...for sure!

Sue said...

Awh, can't he just appreciate the wonder of it? heheh.

I love moonrings!

M&Co. said...

Your like David and I'm like B. Especially if it's cold outside.

alison said...

I like your explanation better. I've never seen a moon ring, but we sometimes see sundogs.

Amy said...

I lean heavily toward the not mundane at all, definitely spectacular side.

I love the photo.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

It's still spectacular whatever the reason!

Jenty said...

Definitely not mundane at all!! I think it's truly spectacular! Wow!

tut-tut said...

Sometimes men just shouldn't be allowed to comment, you know? They can suck a lot of magic out of a moment . . .

Ree said...

awesome! the pic and the post.

Molly said...

I like your bovine-looking-for-her-bucket explanation way better than all that scientific mumbo-jumbo......