Waiting on the Moon

6 Jun


June 6, Ā 2020

Day 77







Zero New cases. Zero recovered cases. The ratio of the movement of the second hand to the hour hand of a watch is 720:1. With unequivocal certainty I can tell you that since the onset of the Covid-19 contagion, the speed of time has remained constant, and that the last person who has the disease has been sick for an awfully long time. I wish they’d hurry up and get well.




It turns out that garden snails are not really that slow, so perhaps I should apologise to the fellow above. In one hour they can travel 150 feet, which may not seem that fast, but in the time it takes for the moon to go through all four phases, your average snail can cover twenty miles. Cut that in half to allow for time spent sleeping and eating and it’s still a healthy ten miles. Not bad for a creature with only one foot.




The rain of the past two weeks has hidden the moon from view as it changed from new to full, which it is right this second as I type. One of the reasons this entry is so short is that I’ve been going outside every few minutes stare up past the scudding clouds to check the moon’s progress. Last month I took its picture as it set and I hope to do the same in a few hours.

I’ve been around for 804 full moons in my life. I can remember quite a few of them, but still hope to see another 400. Majestic, mysterious and utterly captivating. There’s a reason why the three toed tree toad sings his sweet ode to the moon…




Miracles happen.


Go outside and see.


Waiting on the moon.

5 Responses to “Waiting on the Moon”

  1. sustainabilitea June 6, 2020 at 2:55 pm #

    A miracle happened here this morning: it’s cool enough to open the windows, at least for now. It’s really quite exciting to have fresh air and small breezes. I imagine in an hour or so (9 am), I’ll need to close everything in order to conserve the coolness I managed to get, but it’s delightful right now!

    Thanks for the cogitations on the snail. They made me smile and realize once more that while not all things are relative, many are. This is actually the perfect post to read after comments on one earlier where one person was raving a bit about not going for a haircut if the stylists were wearing masks/behind plastic/whatever. I’m not even going to discuss it, but that level of animus about people trying to stay safe and keep others safe in an environment where we’re still often in the best guess stage is depressing. So thanks for the calm and the snail stories and the moon photos…and the good numbers.

    Off to brew some tea or maybe have breakfast first. Cheers!


    • dmmacilroy June 8, 2020 at 3:43 pm #

      Hi Janet,

      Sorry I didn’t get to this reply sooner. i loved your entire comment and really appreciate the thought and reflection you put in to each one. The world’s going to be fine. It’s the people who are screwed.

      Stay safe and sane in the heat.



  2. rochellewisoff June 6, 2020 at 5:47 pm #

    Dear Doug,

    The moon last night was full and pink, gorgeous. Jan snapped a picture I think I will have to attempt t render in watercolour. Nice to think of you watching the same moon on the other side of the earth in companionable silence.
    Glad you like the yellow door. šŸ˜€ You and Valerie are thought of often.

    Shalom in the truest sense


    • dmmacilroy June 8, 2020 at 3:45 pm #

      Hi Rochelle,

      That watercolour will be a fine one, I’m sure. Our moon is upside down. One of the neat things about the antipodes.

      Peace to you as well and always.



      • rochellewisoff June 8, 2020 at 4:03 pm #


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