Lauren Abatte took this photo of Oak Street in Rockland, Maine. The street was closed to traffic so business could use the space for outdoor sales and dining. The woman in the photo did the painting.
Let us think, for a moment, about the changes of the moon. In the beginning of its cycle, it is just a sliver in the darkness. Each night it grows larger until it reaches its full size. When the moon is full and rising, its orange glow fills the sky. All night its gentle light brightens everything it touches.
But this fullness is only part of the life of the moon. For a while it grows smaller, then turns its dark side toward us before reappearing as a sliver and growing again to fullness.
We are children of the earth, and we have our different moods and phases, too. There will be periods of darkness when we try to find our way by the light of the stars. Again and again we will grow to our full size, only to fade and grow again in a new way.
“I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
― Maya Angelou