America woke up Monday ready to turn its eyes to the sky.
The day of the Great American Eclipse had finally arrived.
On days just like this one, our ancestors have been filled with awe, fear and wonder. Eclipses have spawned myths, altered belief systems, reshaped the way entire civilizations saw their world.
On Monday, many were looking for something similarly profound as they broke out lawn chairs, dragged their children outside and clutched their safety glasses in giddy expectation.
As it approached, this eclipse seemed different, more intimate somehow. It was the first in a century to cross the continental United States, coast to coast, and the first that will pass directly over only this country. It felt — at least to me— like a personally addressed note from the universe:
Hey, America, there are bigger things in this galaxy that overshadow us…
…Just look up!
Those of us who live at Bristol Village, joined the Waverly community as the Garnet A. Wilson Public Library hosted a solar eclipse viewing party.
It was stated that the 2017 solar eclipse was the “most widely viewed solar eclipse in history.” Those of us with our eyes in the sky in Waverly, Ohio, witnessed the path of totality of 89%, which was incredible! I remember my first words as I looked for the first time that day at the sun, “OH, MY GOD! WOW! LOOK, YOU HAVE TO SEE THIS!” Now, I understand the why the tears would appear and amaze those who witnessed this rare phenomenon!
The last total solar eclipse occurred in Ohio in February, 1979. However, a rare coast to coast total solar eclipse has not been seen in the US for the past 99 years; June 1918. Pictured below is the June 8, 1918, Topeka State Journal headline about the last coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the U.S.
The world of today probably looks nothing like the Americans of 1918 pictured it. So when the Topeka State Journal published an article on June 8, 1918, about the total solar eclipse that would occur over Kansas that day, with a headline saying “Next Total Eclipse Here Will Be in 2017,” who knows what kinds of images the good folks of Kansas conjured up in their minds!
This solar eclipse opened my eyes to an expansive, unending universe! To say I was amazed and blessed to be part of this event seems a small part of a greater explanation. Is this a miracle? It seems we are definitely part of something greater than ourselves. Science cannot calculate the total wonder…
And so I turn to you, our community…what do you think? What were the first words you said when you looked at the eclipse? Join the discussion…this was truly a rare and wondrous phenomenon that was witnessed on Monday, August 21st!
As always, I am…a speechless Boomer Explorer!