This past summer we realized a BIG bonus that came with living where we do. On August 21st we were in the path of totality for the solar eclipse. For almost a minute and a half we would experience totality just by stepping outside.
I was SO EXCITED!!!
So I told Deb that she should come join us for the weekend.
And she did.
|The missionaries in our ward joined us for the (most likely) once in a life time event.|
I pulled mine off and looked up at, what appeared to be, an alien sky. It looked as if some thing had taken a hole punch to the sun leaving a small portal looking out into the blackness of space. I saw Mercury. There was a sunset all around the horizon. I was in complete awe and yet, at the same time I felt a primal fear forming somewhere inside. Excitement, fear, wonder, jubilation all could be used to describe how I felt. Charlie was freaking out, Keith was laughing, and Jane was scared. Then as quick as it had left, the light came back. Glasses went back on and it was over.
A little while after that I watched a TED Talk about total eclipses. The message that the presenter gave was simple: no one can adequately describe it, no picture can adequately capture the experience and a partial eclipse doesn't even compare. You simply owe it to yourself to see a total eclipse in your lifetime.
The next one in the USA will be in 2024. I might have to see another, even if I will have to leave my backyard next time.
|Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Merrill family party: The Blacks (Deb, Nate, Manu, D and E), Kathleen and Joe Patrico, Elders Atkin and Seamons, and the Merrills.|