Today was the first day of the year. Tonight was the closest the full moon will be to us all year – it is called a Super Moon, and this one in particular, as I understand it, is called the Wolf Moon.
Occasionally, we do collages – my mom and I, and sometimes others in our family – with the full moon, following the theme of the specific full moon. They are specifically dream boards, done in collage style, using magazines that my mom pulls out from somewhere. Tonight’s full moon, the Wolf Moon, brought with it the question, “What are you hungry for?” for the dream board making.
We went out and looked at the full, bright moon at 20:24, while it was at its fullest here, and admired its brightness, shining directly through the clouds. We even – well, I did, anyway – got a brief view of it without all of the clouds, through one of those occasional holes that do appear in the screen of clouds that sometimes occur at night.
When we came back inside a minute or two later (it is darn cold out tonight), we began our boards. My mom’s and my own always look drastically different from one another, yet someone tied. Even through our artwork, one could tell that we are mother and daughter – entirely different people who share so much, one could never list it all.
As I made my dream board, I kept saying in my head, “I am hungry for…” Over and over again, I said it as I flipped through the unsatisfactory pages of the magazines. This is one of the funny, read “odd”, things about these dream boards: It always feels like nothing will be quite right, and yet the board turns out somehow perfect-feeling in the end every time. The trick is just to flip through, almost passively, and just notice what is on the pages, while keeping in mind what the topic of the search is. In doing that, things will just pop out, and, when they do, I pull out the page, set it aside, and continue flipping, almost without pause in the flow of the flipping. At the end, I kept feeling that I needed space. I hadn’t found anything that really fit it. I flipped through the last magazine and found a large, white sofa. It had space. So I went with it.
Putting it all together was intended by my mother to be on this piece of cardboard she’d taken from a cookie box I’d just recycled today. However, I almost never do that, because what I pull out for my dream board never fits on the cardboard. I did put the collage together on the cardboard, though; it was the support for pressing the pages together as I glued them in place (which was because the carpet gave in too much). My mom laughed when I mentioned that afterward. How I put it together was almost exactly as I’d unconsciously laid it out on the floor while tearing the chosen parts out of the pages I’d set to the side. It was just kind of almost finished already for me. It almost always is.
So, I looked at it all to take it in before gluing. Yes, space was still not properly represented. I knew exactly what page I wanted. I found it quickly, tore out the whole thing, and then discovered that I wanted to use the whole thing. I easily stuck together everything rather quickly, and then my board was completed. Though, the glue was really crappy, and that made it kind of odd, mashing the stick glue onto the magazine pages as the stick bent oddly one way or another.
Anyway, I was happy with my dream board when I finished gluing. I always make it a point to put it somewhere that I will see it easily and often (and hopefully in a good mood), and this one is no different in that sense. It rides on my wall in my bedroom, next to my door, in a spot that I couldn’t miss it, even if I tried. And it is lovely.
Happy Wolf Moon, everyone. For what dreams are you hungry?
Post-a-day 2018 (The first one, anyway)