With the shorter days come longer nights, we all know. There are things we sometimes fail to notice in the nightfall, absorbed in our own thoughts and hurrying inside away from the chill and the polite desolation of winter outside our doors. In my case, I had failed to see the lights.
She did not. She always sees such things. It is not too far off to say that she is an extra pair of younger, sharper eyes to my older, jaded ones. We left the house, she was cheerfully singing doggerel rhymes and delightful nonsense. I was trying to recall if I had everything, had left nothing behind. I was even pondering tomorrow when I had to dive back into the cold, syrupy ocean of job searching and bill-paying angst. I was not looking at the sky, or even across the street.
In the car. Her cheerfulness takes the edge off the blade of my mind. A smile could even be said to grace my visage. This is good. We drive down the street and turn the corner. It hasn't sunk in to me yet, but she pipes up with the lilting declaration that "This is my favorite time of year to look at lights! They are so pretty!"
I finally see them. All up and down the main street leading out of my neighborhood. So many houses now adorned with lights of all kinds and colors. Even plenty of blue, my favorite color. The light of my life continues her narrative as we continue on. I hear the delight in her voice and it warms my heart.
I am a fool, sometimes, to fail to notice the beauty around me. I have often said I need a good editor, and my darling daughter is better than she knows. The world is fresh before her stained glass eyes, and so it comes to me. All I need to do is open mine.
The trees alongside the road thin out as we approach the highway. The sky is filling up with a white gold light. I see it first, the full moon, Selene in all her aureate glory hovering just above the horizon. I gasp. She asks "Daddy, what?"
"It's a full moon, sweet pea. Look at that!"
"Where?" I point. She gasps, too, when she sees it.
"Daddy, it is full! Look! Ooooo, it is so pretty!"
I catch a glimpse of her eyes in the rear view mirror, flashing in the glow of passing headlights. For an instant, I understand the mystery. I get her tidal pull, gravity tugging at the rivers of my veins, the ocean of my heart. This pull will only get stronger as she gets older, and someday I will be the moon to her Sun.
But for now, all I can say is, "Yes, sweetie, it is full. And so, so pretty."