Every once in a blue moon

According to one definition, (two full moons in the same calendar month) today’s full moon is a blue moon.

Blue moons are rare, hence the expression, “Every once in a blue moon . . .” used to precede descriptions of things that happen rarely.

I use it to describe foods that I allow myself to indulge in only occasionally because to eat them often would be bad for my health. Every once in a blue moon I eat poutine.

I use it to describe luxuries that I really enjoy but don’t indulge in often because I’m not in Justin Bieber’s tax bracket. Every once in a blue moon I enjoy a hot stone massage.

I use it to describe activities that I enjoy and that I can easily afford but don’t often do because I’m just out of the habit, or there always seem to be more pressing things on the agenda. Every once in a blue moon I spend an entire afternoon browsing the shelves at a bookstore.

And I use it to describe things I wish would happen more but that don’t happen often due to reasons beyond my control. Every once in a blue moon I sleep in. I would love to sleep in more often. I’m just wired in a morning person kind of way.

What kinds of thing happen every once in a blue moon in your life?


About Arlene Somerton Smith

Writer, laughing thinker, miner of inspirational insights, sports fan, and community volunteer

Posted on August 31, 2012, in Gratitude, Living life to the fullest and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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