Full moonrise Gig Harbor_2185 StaatsTen years ago on July 31st, I invited a man from Saint Paul, Minnesota to a tour of the Tacoma, Washington area where I was living.  We spent the day talking and sharing while walking along Commencement Bay and exploring Wright Park and Point Defiance Park.  It was a beautiful summer’s day and we became good friends and learned much about each other.  As the day was coming to an end, I suggested we go to Gig Harbor and enjoy the full moon-rise over Mount Rainier.  It was the perfect ending to a wonderful day.  Fast forward ten years, and I invite him to dinner to celebrate that first date in 2005.  It’s another beautiful summer’s evening, with dinner on a patio in Saint Paul accompanied by yet another full moonrise only this one is more rare being a blue moon.    Between dinner and dessert, this same man from ten years ago asked how the evening could be more memorable, and then got down on his knee and asked me to marry him.  In these ten years we’ve shared joys and sorrows, births and deaths, and life’s share of ups and downs.  We both appreciate all we’ve been through and the love we share.  It was easy to answer his question with a “yes.”

Every two and half years or so we are treated to a blue moon – the second full moon in one month.  With relatively clear skies last Friday night we headed to a nearby lake to enjoy a picnic on the shore and watch for the moonrise.  We were joined by a large group of children trying their luck fishing as well as a number of people out bicycling or walking  –  all enjoying the evening.  As luck would have it, a bank of low clouds was hovering on the east horizon, and the moon was hardly visible as it first slipped over the lake.  But as it continued its rise in the sky it cleared the clouds and shone brightly, reflecting in the water below, and lighting the path for this sailboat as it made its way back to the marina.  A beautiful night and a wonderful way to bring a close to the end of August.