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Loving a moonlight lover

April 11th, 2004 · 3 Comments

Anita Rowland this week has posted two comments about moon light.

Today she linked to Garret Fitzgerald quoting his daughter, Erin:

“I want my moon light on, so I have to turn this all the way down” — which she did, leaving the light very dim, but still on. As she walked to her bed, she declared “I can still see, because I’m nocturnal.”

Last Sunday – for Daylight Savings Time – she had linked to Dargie’s quote of Robertson Davies:

“I don’t really care how time is reckoned so long as there is some agreement about it, but I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind. I even object to the implication that I am wasting something valuable if I stay in bed after the sun has risen. As an admirer of moonlight I resent the bossy insistence of those who want to reduce my time for enjoying it. At the back of the Daylight Saving scheme I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make them healthy, wealthy and wise in spite of themselves.”

The first quote reminded me of my daughters. Abigail loved the moon when she was a toddler. We have pictures of her pointing at it in the sky and we remember how she called it “boo”. Now she loves her night light. (I like the idea of moon light as night light.)

The second quote made me smile. I thought about Ted. I married “an admirer of moonlight”. I used to be an early bird and it bothered me how he liked to stay in bed “after the sun had risen”. But now I’ve become an admirer of moonlight myself.

Note: updated with Anita’s link information…

Tags: family

3 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Anita Rowland // Apr 11, 2004 at 4:22 pm

    I usually only have a week’s worth of posts on the main page. The archives page won’t look right in mozilla because I foolishly gave it a .txt extension when I first started with Greymatter. here’s the permalink for the daylight savings post:


  • 2 Julie // Apr 12, 2004 at 12:23 am

    Thanks for the link info Anita! I appreciate it! And now I know why I’ve had a hard time with your archives…maybe I should try another browser next time?

  • 3 Garrett Fitzgerald // Apr 13, 2004 at 12:03 pm

    It may or may not help to know that Erin is 4. 🙂