Friday night my neighbor was howling at the moon.
It seemed more than a little strange for this neighbor. It was a little more strange when I went out to see if I could see the "blue moon" and realized it wasn't even visible from my neighbors yard. It was still behind the hill, way out of view of the neighbor.
Then I came across an article - little Maddy's mom had suggested that at 8:30pm on the night of the blue moon, people wishing to pay their respects to Maddy howl at the moon. Maddy loved wolves.
I couldn't howl at the moon. All I could do was cry. Cry for an eight year old whose life, whose innocence was so senslessly taken away. Cry for a Mom who was howling at the moon with gut wrenching sorrow. Cry for a community that is in mourning, in shock and trying to answer the question, "Why?" Cry for a 15 year old boy who is sitting in jail - for the hurts of his own that no one ever saw.
I listened to the neighbor howl at the moon, a haunting, lonely sound and no longer found it strange but healing.