Re has a special thing for the moon. Every night without fail, he looks out for it and when it is not visible, he asks, “Has the moon come?”
Some days we can see it from our living room window, some days we actually walk back with it. Some days we sight it from the park, or on our way back from the beach, or driving back, from the car.
Last week, Re and I were driving back from the library and Re claimed the moon was ‘follering us’. And indeed Mr Moon tailed behind for quite a while and then, the car took a right turn northwards and suddenly, he vanished out of sight.
“Oh no! The moon has taken the wrong way,” he exclaimed.
“Yes. I think he got lost!” Re seemed very concerned.
“Don’t worry. He’ll find his way back. He should just ask somebody for directions,” I replied.
“Yes, moon must ask for dilekshuns!”
Which I am sure he did. Because by the time we reached home, there he was, again.
The other day, it was new moon day and Re as usual was looking for his favourite evening buddy. I pointed out the crescent and said, “Look! There he is!”
“No, that’s not the moon. That’s the moon’s cuzzin.”
And that’s how the gibbous moon came to known as the moon’s brother and the half-moon as the moon’s sister. There are no-show days of course. When I tell him that the moon has gone for his cuzzin’s birthday party. Or to his naani’s house. Or that it’s a holiday and he is still sleeping, so will come late tonight.
Some day, I will have to tell him that they are all just one person. Right now, I don’t have the heart, so I am letting Re enjoy the visual of a large moon family, complete with dada, mamma, cuzzin, brother, sister and whatnot.
To Re of course, the moon is whole, luscious and in all its glory. We still haven’t got talking about waxing and waning, although a friend, Meera sent me this delicious story about it. I am planning to read it to Re soon. You can read it here:
Someday we are going to ask the moon over for a playdate. And his cuzzin. Yes, we are.
You are invited too.