Sunday, July 5, 2015

Bring It To Them

Alice laughed. “There’s no use trying,” she said, “one can’t believe impossible things.”“I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half-an-hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”- Lewis Carroll "Through the Looking Glass"

This is a hot summer evening view. I didn't bring my camera the other morning so this will have to do.

I was walking back to the house the other morning after feeding all the animals. On the gravel lane I looked up and saw the moon near the horizon. The moon was kind of fading but it was big. It was near the horizon and that's what being near the horizon does. It makes things big.

 It was full-on morning. I'm not talking day break. The sun was shining and getting up to its Bessemer furnace intensity like it's been doing as of late. When I looked at the moon I was reminded of movies I've seen where there are two or three moons hanging in space looking all exotic and strange. Only this was our moon. Our moon out there in cold, crazy, black, outer space.

I started thinking about how we all go about our business close to the ground. Our own little 5 or 6 feet of existence with only a few miles of atmosphere above our heads to separate us from oblivion. It didn't weird me out. It was just a casual thought about how we get so wrapped up in our lives and the things we do. I guess that is how it should be. How could we get anything done if it were not so?

But it also occurred to me that it is important to stop and look around from time to time and notice where we are and what other things might be going on. Like that moon up there showing us our place in the Universe. The Earth is really quite small and we're even smaller but when we're walking around in our 5 or 6 feet of space we get to thinking that we're quite big. It's all pretty amazing how things are. Us included.

Then I got back to the house and went on with my day. The chickens need ice water and watermelon to help them endure the heat and I have to bring it to them.


  1. I had a very sobering experience while seeing the aurora for the first time. It really made me feel small and insignificant.
    Your picture makes me feel thirsty....

    1. yes, we are small and insignificant. And it's OK. We are what we are and the Universe is vast. Very sobering indeed.

      yes, that's right. This is a thirsty place.

  2. I do this sometimes too, contemplate our smallness. I think of the universe, and how it is that we can be the only planet like Earth, how we can even 'be'. I think sometimes God laughs, watching us think we're all that. And I feel small.

    1. I'm mostly boggled by the whole idea and never know what to say. How can we even "be"? Worthy of head shaking. Worthy of amazement. I think you're right about God laughing. We're goofy buggers.