Senior Moments: The man on the moon could have many on the moon soon

“I’m so glad to see you,” I greeted the plump moon as it parked in its’ usual place outside my kitchen garden window. “I love the way you shadowed the amazing tap dancer Savion Glover at the music Muse/ique concert in Huntington Gardens last night. You glittered the soles of his tapping toes, showcasing the ease with which he moved.”

“I have more good news about you,” I told the moon as I put the kettle on for tea. “After my recent column about you, moonies of all ages and talents contacted me. I had no idea you had such an eclectic following.”

Teresa B, who reads Senior Moments in the Los Angeles Daily News, was a breast cancer survivor recovering from chemotherapy when a splash of moonlight unwittingly turned her into a shadow collage artist. It was 2 o’clock in the morning and windy. The full moon was casting lavender shadows on her basil plant on the pavement beneath her clothesline.

“I got out of bed and went outside,” she said. “ I was shivering but I took several moon shadow snapshots and decided to continue photographing shadows by sunlight.“

That was her first shadow photo and the beginning of her collage art. She says she goes out to visit the full moon every month.

Another moon lover, reader Karen B from Fresno, sent me “Maggie’s Moon,” a delightful children’s book written and illustrated by Martha Alexander, about a little girl who searches for the elusive moon.

Karen read the book to her daughter every night from the time she was born and now reads it to her granddaughter. I told Karen that I would share her story with the moon the next time it parked outside my window. So I’m keeping my promise.

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And while we are on the subject, Mr. Moon, you may need to expand your passenger space. A lot of readers are interested in riding on the moon with me. We don’t all have to go at once like a ride at Magic Mountain but I just wanted to warn you that seating may become a problem. Thanks for visiting. Hope to see you next month.


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