Did you know that the term “blue moon” refers to the second full moon that happens in a given month? Or that this occurrence only happens about every 2.7 years? Of course, the moon isn’t actually blue. The blue part of the phrase actually reflects the fact that this is a special occasion. Amazingly, this rare event only happens on New Year’s Eve every 19 years. The last time was in 1990!
Again, even these facts are not what this post is about. Today is the first day of a New Year! We get to start 2010 with something amazing. The last time a blue moon happened, I wasn’t married, had no kids, and was actually in high school. The next time it happens, my kid may have kids of his own.
Christine Russell had this to say about tonight. “The old expression, “once in a blue moon,” has more to do with something that is rare, special, uncommon, even absurd–but not impossible.”
As I look to the future, I have to believe that this rare occurrence has to mean something about the coming year. Like the description of the blue moon, the dreams I have for my writing future may be “rare, special, uncommon, even absurd—but not impossible.”
Just like the New Year can signify a fresh start, a New Year with a rare treat like our blue moon gives me hope.
Happy New Year!!!