Once in a Blue Moon

This year has been one for the books. It started out smooth until March when Covid-19 became a household word. We lived in fear – fear to go out of our house, fear of seeing our families, fear of talking to neighbors. We suffered shortages on toilet paper, paper towels, milk, bread, and many other necessary commodities. Gun sales and ammunition purchases were on the rise and stories of concerns for personal safety exploded.

Mandates were set for store hours, where you could go and when you could go. Hospitals wouldn’t let us stay with our loved ones, leaving us sitting at home worried about their conditions. Face masks were made mandatory and some cities even set curfews. As if that wasn’t enough, it is election year. Debates rang out on Facebook and friends turned against friends as everybody started voicing their opinions. Many humorous cartoons and quotes floated around about the political arena.

Here we are, coming to the end of October, in a year filled with some strange things and happenings. But the strangest is coming up this weekend.  There will be a full moon. That, in and of itself, is not a rare occurrence. However, this full moon is the SECOND full moon in October this year. It is known as the blue moon or blood moon since it is rare to happen twice in one month.

Add to that the fact that for the first time since World War II, the 2020 Halloween full moon will be visible to the entire world, rather than just parts of it.

And if that isn’t scary enough, it falls on Halloween.  Ask any hospital emergency room and they will tell you on a normal full moon everything imaginable can happen. So, imagine how worse it will be with a blue moon.

And for those of you on Daylight Savings Time, we fall back an hour on Halloween. Which means we gain that hour we lost in spring on a night when the whole world is already going to be running crazy.

I don’t know about you, but I think 2020 can just keep that extra hour. In a world just trying to get through this year, the last thing we want is one more hour of it.

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