As days shorten, temperatures plummet, and many of our veggies sign off for 2010, I wanted to send you a Happy Harvest greeting card, but Hallmark and American Greetings haven’t invented those yet, at least that I have seen.
But let’s not permit the absence of a card stifle a chance to party. Let’s observe an astronomical coincidence that happens only every 19 years—the autumnal equinox, when summer ends and fall begins, just after 11 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 22—and the full harvest moon a few hours later.
The last time the two happened so closely was 1991. The next time we’ll have a chance to celebrate the coincidence will be 2029, and I cannot guarantee I’ll remember to send out a reminder then.
So, gardeners, tomorrow night is party time. Take your love by the hand and go outside and enjoy the harvest moon. Be brave and startle your neighbors with a subtle howl or two—or at least attempt to sing this smash hit of 1908:
Oh, shine on, shine on, harvest moon
Up in the sky;
I ain’t had no lovin’
Since April, January, June or July.
Snow time ain’t no time to stay
Outdoors and spoon;
So shine on, shine on, harvest moon,
For me and my gal.
Enjoy the beautiful harvest moon—and the spooning, if you’re old enough to know what that is.
Happy Harvest 2010!
Shine on, shine on, harvest moon!