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December 24, 2009

Palemale & Lola's Christmas Eve

A little friend in company with the Moon, perched high over Willow Rock in the Ramble on Thursday afternoon.

Her father lifted her up so she could peer through the viewfinder of my camera. There was a questioning and empty expression on her tiny face so I gently tipped up her little chin until I saw the image of the moon alight in her eye. Then her face lit up even more and her jaw dropped with delight. No more tipping up of that little chin could aid in holding up that dropped jaw. She was certainly touched by the sight of the moon.

Her little brother was not interested in looking, but something tells me that he would regret not looking when she relates her experience tonight before bed.
Maybe they spent all day at the American Museum of Natural History and the Hayden Planetarium but nothing within the walls of that massive institution was sufficient to drop the jaw of my new little friend like the sight of the moon which stood above Turtle Pond in the clear crisp sky and it was all for free.
Somehow I feel that a little seed was planted in her young mind which may enchant her and perhaps veer her away from the disagreeable path that so many profiteering institutions would like to see little girls like her take.
If you ever pass by Turtle Pond and see a little person gazing toward the sky with her jaw dropped, take heart that there may be one more inspired mind set aloft and then you may want to take some time to give a little thanks to the Moon.

All images above photographed in Central Park on Thursday December 24, 2009.

Buttercup's Christmas Tree

Palemale & Lola's Christmas Eve