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  • Dad was dying, we all knew that.

    Time slowed down even as it speeded up, and everything we did became a sort of farewell, an alert waiting.

    About a week before he died, I took Mom and Dad for a ride. When he was young and healthy, it had been one of his favorite things to do, and sometimes we'd drive a hundred miles for ice cream (the best in the state) and then drive home. This day we took a back road to where the owl bid the devil good night and stopped there for supper.

    When we came out of the restaurant, it was night. The moon was high and full, a hunger moon.

    But as we drove home, the moon came closer and closer until it devoured the sky. Until it looked as though we'd drive off the edge of the earth and straight into the moon.

    Until no darkness was left, only patterns of light.

    It has been almost exactly 20 years since then. Never again have I seen a moon that large, that hungry.

    That bright.
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