“I love you to the moon and back”

Eight simple words my mother utters to this day.

As a child, I would accept these words 

with unflinching reluctance and say:

“I love you too!”

without truly comprehending the weight of her words. 

But as inevitable time encroaches,

there is no time to waste.

I dread the day I drop off the last bag for college 

and hug mom and dad goodbye. 

“I’ll see you soon!” 

We’ll say in an everlasting embrace.

I wish to reciprocate to her 

what her words have meant to me. 

Dear mom,

As we carry our days on this 

massive floating rock, 

you are, and have always been, 

my continual rock.

I want to dance on the 

rings of Saturn with you forever, 

even if you dance to the beat of 

your own drum.

As for me, I am the 

burning spheres of light, 

working fondly to resemble 

the striking constellation of you. 

There may be the sun with its burning glare,

and the stars with their copious twinkling,

but the moon is continuously present, in the 

times of light and darkness.

Just as you are.

I love you to the moon and back.

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Minji Chang, junior, is ecstatic to serve on the Muse PR team this year! She loves cooking, musicals, art, and reading books (specifically analyzing them!). She cannot wait for an amazing year of further exercising what she loves most, writing, and doing so surrounded by such a great community of people.