This Just In

December 11th, 2011 Leave a comment Go to comments

I know I said the last one would be the last post, but there is just this one more.

What a racket. People outside my house are banging on pots and pans. Firecrackers, some of them pretty big, are going off all over town. Add told me earlier but I forgot, it’s an eclipse of the moon. We’re up later than usual because of last minute packing for Myanmar, so we went out with the binoculars and sure enough…

A number of people from Add’s village, about 100 miles east of us, called Add to warn her to stay indoors tonight. There’s some tradition here that if a pregnant woman is out under an eclipse of the moon her child will have mental problems. Add does not subscribe to that belief, but her village neighbors were frantic and extracted promises from her. Add does believe in keeping those and so stayed indoors.

As soon as the eclipse reached its maximum the noise stopped. Sue and I enjoyed seeing this and no mental problems have turned up with us yet, although I think I’ll keep Sue under observation for awhile.

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