The Daughter Hat: Moon Gazing

I’ll share an inside secret with you.
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When I was little, I went to Girl Scout camp. I was terrified, scared and so sad to leave my parents. You see, my parents started me in school a year younger than most children. (So, when I was in third grade: I was 7 years old. Everyone around me was 8 or 9). Who cares, right? Well, when you go to Girl Scout camp they divide you into cabins based on your age. Not your school grade level. I was stuck with the stinky second graders. I knew no one. And I was terrified.
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Before I left, I remember my dad telling me to look up at the moon every night around the same time. He would go outside from our house and do the same thing. There was comfort in knowing that no matter where we were – far away or nearby, we could always look up at the same thing in the sky.
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I was comforted by this. And secretly, I still am.
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When I moved to California for my first “real job” after college, I didn’t have many friends or have any family members who lived nearby. I had to start over. That experience was just as scary as going to Girl Scout camp alone. When I was homesick, I would call my dad, who was hundreds of miles away, and we would stare at the moon at exactly the same time. We still find ourselves doing this. When the moon is full, pretty and bright: he calls me. When it’s a crescent moon that looks like God’s fingernail: he calls me. When it’s really big and hanging low on the horizon: he calls me. Every time, I run outside or peek through my window to see it. You could say the moon is “kind of our thing”.
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So, tonight’s lunar eclipse reminds me of my dad and the wonderful father he is.
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Dad, I’m not sure if you’re going to stay up late to watch the lunar eclipse. But if you will … I will. Who am I kidding? I’ll be in bed by 9:30. Love you.
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We danced to “Somewhere Out There” on my wedding day. Appropriatly, this is our song.

5 thoughts on “The Daughter Hat: Moon Gazing

    1. gotta love dads. 🙂 I know Ryan will be just as important in Kelsey’s life. Can’t wait for you to join the mommy club, Rachel. You’re going to love it. I know, I know … one day at a time, right? xoxo

  1. OMG Steph!!! You and I are way too much alike in so many ways that I never knew before!! I hadn’t read this blog post before but, a full moon completely reminds me of my parents. And to top it off, my dad used to travel all the time while I was young and would say the same thing to me about the Moon and the sky and “Somewhere Out there” has always been our song and the song we danced to at my wedding!!! Anyway, your post touched me!!! I miss you and wish we lived closer!!!

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