This past Saturday morning as I lay on the couch checking email on my laptop, Gwynly was on his over at the kitchen table doing research on something he referred to as the Super Moon. Although he was excited about this special event, I didn’t know what it was.
Gwynly was happy to educate me. He explained, in true science teacher fashion, that a Super Moon occurs once each year when the moon is at the closest traveling point to the earth, causing the milky orb to appear 14% bigger and 30% brighter than other full moons.
My guy invited me to take a top-down drive that night in his classic British sports car, a 1968 MGB roadster, so we could witness the astronomical extravaganza together. Being a romantic at heart, I was delighted at the prospect and quickly accepted his offer.
Around 8 p.m. Pacific time, the moon appeared on the horizon. While it was quite bright, I wouldn’t have noticed that it was any bigger if Gwynly hadn’t told me that was the case.
At 8:34 p.m. Pacific time, the moon reached perigee–the closest point. The people around us oohed and aahed, camera’s clicked, and Gwynly grinned. My guy was in his element.
What did I do? I snapped a few shots of my own, but mostly I watched my usually staid fellow get more outwardly excited than he has in a long time.
And I smiled. Why? Because Gwynly had spent hours anticipating our moon-watching excursion, one he considered quite romantic, and yet we were witnessing the spectacle from a park-and-ride just off the freeway. The lot was littered with construction cones and barricades. My shots above were taken through a chain link fence, which I cropped to remove the numerous highway signs.
Lest you think me ungrateful or unappreciative, that is not the case. I understand my guy and found his eagerness to share this event with me quite romantic. The setting was irrelevant really. Just being with Gwynly on a date he’d planned made it special.
While the actual moon viewing didn’t do that much for me, the drive home under the stars with the Super Moon bathing the night sky with light was romantic indeed.
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Did you and your special someone view the Super Moon together?
Do you have any moonlit night memories you’d be willing to share?
When’s the last time your special someone planned a date all on his/her own?