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Does the Full Moon Inspire You?

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Hello Moon. Would you like an apple?

Today is the first full moon of January 2018. What a special way to begin 2018.

The moon has always been a source of inspiration to poets, painters and writers; it plays such an important role in our imaginations.

One of the first things my grandchildren learned to say was the word “moon.” In fact, my grandson (who is still tiny) grabs hold of my hand and leads me to the door wanting me to take him outside and lift him up to the sky, while he points, reaches, and repeats in wonderment, ‘moo, moo.’

Somehow, he knows there is something marvellous about the great bright orb dangling above him.

I remember as a child gazing up at the moon, never believing my father when he said it was made of cheese. I couldn’t bear the thought of it being eaten. I did, however, wonder if there was a man in the moon as I had also been told. This thought excited a stream of questions: What sort of house did he live in? Was he lonely? How did he get there? What did he do all day? What did he look like? Was he ever coming home? Would he fall out of the sky?

gazing at moon

Gazing at the moon with my cat …Artwork by Paige Keiser

Such questions inspired imaginings and story-creating and an early yearning for answers as well as a sense of emotional engagement in the world about me. In my case, my thoughts became philosophical in nature. Thoughts such as ‘I see the moon, does the moon see me?’ Or, Is there another me, looking down on me at exactly this moment, wondering the same things I am wondering now? Am I also out there, in the universe? Such thoughts inspired a sense of duality, of something other than me, guardianship, safety. No wonder the moon has inspired such poetry through the ages and is a very effective image for the telling of bedtime stories.

Happy mysterious and magical full moon New Year! Let’s never forget to story-weave with our children so that their imaginations have room to flourish.

Next, I will be exploring how I have used the moon in my personalised children’s book: Find My Name in the Alphabet Train

Thank you to Paige Keiser for allowing me to use her gorgeous artwork: Gazing at the Moon

About Dr Niamh

When I was a little girl (a very, very long time ago), I used to love learning new, really big words like ‘discombobulate’. As I grew, my love of words grew too, until I loved them so much, I could not stop writing them down. One day, as I was scribbling a particular word, a very peculiar thing happened. The word shouted at me, “Stop! Don’t put me there!” As you can imagine, I was shocked and nearly fell off my chair. When I recovered somewhat, I said to the word, “Could you stop shouting, please? I am not used to it.” Can you guess what happened next? No! I thought not. The word said, “I might be small, but I will misbehave if you do not use me properly. I will not tell the story you would like me to tell. I will say something entirely different!” I dropped my pen. I hoped that by dropping my pen, the word would stop talking. Alas! It did not. It carried on chitterchobbling, even after the ink had dried. I was in a pickle. I could not allow my words to run away with my story, now could I? I don’t know about you, but when this sort of thing happens, there is only one thing left to do if you prefer not to spend your time arguing. “Very well,” said I. “I will do as you ask if you will just be quiet and allow me to concentrate.” Since that day, I have been paying special attention to every word I invite into my stories. After all, a story should say exactly what it means to say and not be led astray. With love from Dr. Niamh, Ph.D in Learning Through The Imagination and Founder of Dr Niamh Children's Books.

4 comments on “Does the Full Moon Inspire You?

  1. Darlene
    January 2, 2018

    The moon has always been a wonder. A great way to start off 2018!! Love the illustration too. Happy New Year to you and yours.


    • Dr Niamh
      January 2, 2018

      I will be more active this year with blog posts Darlene. x Thank you for stopping by.

      Liked by 1 person

  2. baubo60
    January 30, 2018

    Hello from a voice from the past…wishing you a happy blue moon in majectic full eclipse visible from the Land Down Under. So happy I have found your words again 🙂 Margo

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Dr Niamh
    January 31, 2018

    Thank you, Margo.


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