Once in a Blue Moon

According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first reference to a blue moon comes from a proverb recorded in 1528:

If they say the moon is blue,
We must believe that it is true.

Saying the moon was blue was equivalent to saying the moon was made of green cheese; it indicated an obvious absurdity. In the 19th century, the phrase “until a blue moon developed,” meaning “never.” The phrase, “once in a blue moon” has come to mean “every now and then” or “rarely.”

This morning, I got up at 6:00 a.m., as usual… strapped myself into my workout clothes… drank a glass of water and took my Claritin… turned to Dave and whispered, “Do you feel like running today?”

Half an hour later, I was seated at Torchy’s Tacos, dressed for work and enjoying a delicious breakfast taco and cup of decaf.

Guess I needed a break.

[More info on the definition and origin of the phrase “blue moon”]

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