I know that by this time many people are totally sick of hearing about the Solar Eclipse that happened today! Sorry, but I live in Missouri and was right in the line of this huge event! To not write about it would just not be right!
Our city of St. Louis was right in the path of the eclipse and for a solid week now everyone has been talking about it, reading about it and renting their houses out for it. We have had people from all over the world come to our area just to witness it so it is a very big deal!
I never once thought about purchasing a pair of “eclipse glasses” because I had no intention of looking at it. My kids asked me why not and my response was “No big deal!” However, this morning when I woke up and turned on the news, there was nothing else being talked about except the eclipse. So I decided that I just wanted to experience what it felt like. I didn’t want to see it, just feel it.
At about 20 minutes before the time of totality, I got a chair and went out on my driveway, sat down and began to take it all in! The eclipse had already started and it was very eery out. It was sunny but not fully sun. About an hour before, it was so hot that the sweat was rolling down everywhere. Everything looked strange as if I were seeing things for the first time. Shadows were different and there was a cool breeze. Not a strong breeze but it felt 20 degrees cooler than and hour before.
Then totality came and washed over the landscape. The sky took on colors that I had never witnessed before. I was facing West which is where the sun sets so when I normally look out that way at dusk, the brightness of the sun covers the skyline. Since this was happening at 1:15 in the afternoon, the sun was directly overhead and looking our west the view of the sky was incredible! All the insects and birds that you hear at night started making their noises.
The darkness folded over the entire area. Streetlights came on and all cars had to have their headlights on. It all felt so odd but yet so peaceful! And then, as fast as it went dark, about 2 minutes later the light came back. Not like full light, but it was back. During totality, I did look up at the sun and saw this incredible scene of the sun with a big black dot covering it with a tiny rim of light. I will never forget what it looked like!
We are so fascinated with nature and what beauty nature gives to us that people traveled all this way just to experience it! There were parties all over the place and ice cream trucks everywhere! Isn’t it amazing, though, that our hunger for nature needs to be celebrated with non natural substances? Why does food (if that is what you want to call it) have to be involved with everything we do even during an event that shows us the beauty of REEL NATURE?
Anyway, this was an amazing experience for me to feel and be a part of. I know my words can not do this event justice in describing it to you but, as is with GOD, it was AWESOME!