Where we live, the moon eclipsed the sun by 96%. Originally, I wanted to travel to where the sun would be totally eclipsed, but when I heard about the crowds they were expecting, I thought about Proverbs 17:1: “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife,” and I chose to stay home. When I saw that it didn’t actually get as dark as I had hoped, I wondered if I made the right decision, but only briefly. I got to see what 4% sunpower looks like, and it’s powerful!
When I first looked at the sun, it looked like a tiny orange cookie with a bite out of it. It progressed, and my hosta flowers closed, ever so slightly. I decided to lay on the hammock, sweltering in the sun, thinking that at least I could even out my tan a little while I watched. After a while, the temperature dropped and a small breeze cooled the sweat on my belly. As I lay there watching, I heard crickets, then, what I was hoping for: cicadas! So cool!
The dog was oblivious to the eclipse. The cockatiel settled in on his perch like he does when he goes to bed. But he’s old—he always looks like he’s going to bed. Only the wildlife responded to the false nighttime cues, not the pets. That was an interesting observation.
I did catch NASA’s live feed of the eclipse, since it happened before ours. The excitement was contagious! I liked the “diamond ring.”
I decided to watch from my backyard because I know it, and I know what happens there. I wanted to be able to observe the changes that were out of the ordinary, to see and hear the living things’ reactions. It wasn’t dramatic, but if you listened and watched, it was there. It did not feel like the time of day that it was, and what a strange feeling!
I think everything in creation is amazing, but when something only happens once or twice in your life, it’s even more exciting!