A strange thing happened this evening. People suddenly took a pause to admire the moon and its halo. The usual stream of what-I-had-for-dinner photos and selfies got bumped off by the nearest celestial body. According to scientists and the Philippine weather service (PAGASA), the halo is from the reflection of light from the ice crystals in the air, or something to that effect. In olden days, some would just say that the lunar light show is an omen, a sign of bad things to come. I’ll take the positive awe over the negative “hell, no.”
The moon sure has enough stopping power, either when it’s a big bright Full Moon, which I howl at, or when there is a unique phenomenon that occurs with it. I’m sure glad that nature can still shut people up with a freebie beauty show treat rather than shutting them up with a fear-inducing display of power courtesy of storms and quakes. Nature gave us a free show. Great!
Tonight’s show, I’ll take it as a reminder of how small we really are in this world. It could also be a reminder of how some things are beautiful by default. It also serves up the question: Why do people always have to complicate things when there is beauty in simplicity? That’s a question best answered over a few rounds of…something meant for a different writeup.