the moon fairy tale
October 8, 2014
A king asked his young daughter what she would like for a present. And she said she loved the moon, she would like that.
And the king asked, How big do you think the moon is?
And she said, It is just the size of my thumbnail when I hold it up to the sky.
And the king asked, What do you think the moon is made of?
And she said, It is silver, that is why it shines in the night.
So the king had a silver smith make a silver moon the size of his daughter’s thumbnail and the king placed it on a silver chain and gave it to his daughter and she wore it around her neck and was happy.
But the king was afraid. What if she saw the moon in the sky?
So the king closed up all the palace windows and no one was allowed to see the night sky.
But the people grew unhappy. And his daughter grew unhappy. And she began wasting away because she could not see the night sky any more.
So one day the king allowed the windows to be opened again at night, but he was very afraid of his daughter seeing the moon.
And of course she did. But she did not seem unhappy.
And the king asked his daughter, Do you see the moon in the sky?
And she said, Of course.
And he said, Don’t you worry about how it got there when you have the moon on a chain?
And she said, No, it is like a new tooth. You can take the moon away, but another will grow back
That is the moon fairy tale. I heard the moon fairy tale when I was very young. It is probably in a book I was too little to remember. But I always remembered the story.
Also that photo was taken by my friend Mercedes. It reminded me of the moon fairy tale which is why you get to hear the moon fairy tale today.