We've all been over-conscious of the moon lately. And that is because for the last few weeks, Josie has been keeping a moon journal for school.
Her assignment was to observe the moon for at least ten days, sketch the moon's overall size and shape and write a minimum of two sentences for each sighting.
It's been a harder assignment than you would think. First of all, it's not always easy to find the moon - especially when you are in the midst of the rainy New England spring.
And secondly, it's hard to remember to look for the moon when you are busy with soccer, carpools, lacrosse and general business.
Josie actually kept two journals: a rough draft one for quick sketching and a descriptive word or two and the final draft copy on which she spent considerable time.
Both Gordy and I got way-involved in this moon journal. Gordy called one morning to tell Josie that he saw the moon on his way to the gym. He described what it looked like and Josie recorded the slighting in her journal. Another day, I saw the moon in the afternoon above Henry's middle school lacrosse game in Cambridge. I snapped the photo from the beginning of the post so that Josie would be able to copy the likeness. Josie had a month to record the ten days but you'd be amazed how hard it was to find the moon ten times - especially after you ignore the assignment for the first seven days because your mother is just Too Busy To Help.
We usually went outside to the look for the moon either right before or right after dinner.
On this particular night, Josie found the moon quickly.
Once all the data was collected, Josie got to work on her final draft.
In the end, she only did the required ten days, but her pictures were colorful and full of detail such as moon craters and clouds. She's hoping for a good grade on the project but that means a check-plus in third grade.
A check-plus-plus, if she's really lucky!