Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Totality




I decided at the last minute to head into the Totality Zone yesterday for the Great American Eclipse.

Wow.  What an experience.

My partner had been planning all along to drive the 20 or so miles from our house into the zone to see the eclipse.  I was back and forth in making my decision.  I'm not sure why I wasn't all in from the get go, but it wasn't until about half an hour before she was leaving that I decided to go.  I woke up with the song Aquarius playing in my head, where it stayed all day long thank you very much.  But that was sign enough for me from the cosmos that I needed to be there to witness it.


I am so glad that I made the decision to go.  If you've ever experienced a total eclipse of the sun, you know what I'm talking about.  It's just an amazing thing to see the moon's silhouette pass in front of the sun, blotting out all but that beautiful solar corona for a minute or so.  When I removed my goofy glasses and took that in, I involuntarily gasped at the beauty and profoundness of what I was seeing.  Absolutely breathtaking.  And then the moon began to slip away from it's position in front of our sun, glasses were put back on.  It was over.

I could have looked at that for another 20 minutes.

In the moments leading up to totality, the small crowd gathered with us grew quieter.  As everyone took their glasses off, there were quiet "oh my God"s,  whoops of appreciation, clapping, cheering, even tears - and I could hear it from the people around me, but also all throughout the distance as I realized there were people all along the highway for miles.  It was amazing.


What I wasn't prepared for was the drop in temperature, the suddenly intense smell of the grass in the field where we were sitting as the day turned to twilight, and especially how I was going to feel at totality.  I felt as though a cosmic force had hit my reset button.  Everything felt fresh and new and wondrous.

My goal is to carry that feeling with me always - that a feeling of wonder and awe and fresh perspective.  I'm going to carry that experience always tucked into a little corner of my heart to return to again and again.

And I've added Aquarius to my playlist.

2 comments:

  1. You almost made me feel like I was there, watching with you.

    You also made me feel very, very old, Tammy - I used to have a 45 record of Aquarius, bought with my own allowance. I'll just be over here in the corner in my rocking chair, with the old cat on my lap...

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  2. Anne, it truly was amazing. I wish everyone could have been there.

    And hey, I'm old right there with you. :)

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