“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” Or so Anton Chekhov wrote. I’m reminded of the quote as I scratch “Harvest Moon” on a Sunday square of the calendar.
As a writer, I wholeheartedly agree with the Russian author.
As a teacher, I instruct my students to interrogate all of their readers’ senses.
As a New Englander, looking forward to the approaching Harvest Moon that will bathe our homestead in cool, penetrating splendor in the crisp autumn stillness, I have to rephrase Chekhov’s truism.
On September 27th, when we amble across our moon-illuminated fields and rest in our hammocks under the apple branches, or when we move our picket fence gate to the side and inspect our corn crop or tap our watermelon to test their ripeness, I might remind my daughters, “The Harvest Moon has lit these fields for generations before us. But tonight just might be one of those simple moments that is worthy of being remembered as great. Write about this moment and keep it for the next generation. Tuck away your words and unfold this moment again some day, to show your own daughter.”
Along the lines of Chekhov’s theme, I will tell them, “Don’t just tell her that the moon was shining, but show her how the cool light highlighted the apples bowing over our rope hammock and bleached the corn silk standing regally in the garden rows.”
If you have the privilege of driving a New England backroad this fall–one that bends around mountains and opens to bold autumn vistas or humble sugar shacks tucked under glowing yellow maple trees–and if you’re here on one of the last days of this month, be sure to not miss this “other” New England beauty.
Yes, we’re known worldwide for our fall foliage that bedazzles our rolling forests with colors yet unnamed.
But we have another Autumn jewel as well… the Harvest Moon.
And today I’m writing all about that amazing lunar lantern on ScrappyGeek. Andrew is a fellow New Englander who asked me to share some of my moon musings on his fun site, so please join me today on ScrappyGeek.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever… to him who made the great lights, for his steadfast love endures forever; … the moon and stars to rule over the night, for his steadfast love endures forever. Psalm 136