It was so nice yesterday, having something to be excited about, something happy and good that everybody could all talk about, share, celebrate and marvel over.
Something that brought us together as a country, for a change.
I loved that people from all over the world traveled to the areas where one could see the Totality, as the total eclipse was called, or even to get a little closer to the Totality.
Some of my children took Eclipsecations to places closer to The Totality zone:
Claire and Miguel traveled from Chicago to Badlands National Park in South Dakota,
But then a couple of my afternoon students cancelled their piano lessons - to watch The Eclipse - so I decided to make use of my free time to drive over to the Gahanna Library for a book.
But there was a traffic jam in front of the library and the library lawn was crowded with children and adults wearing eclipse glasses and holding eclipse boxes and other eclipse-viewing paraphernalia.
The sight of all these people who'd come to share the experience of this natural wonder in community filled me with such a feeling of warmth, positivity, and over-all gemülichkeit that I decided to forget about getting a book - besides there was no place to park anywhere near the library - and went home to hang out in my backyard.
When I arrived home Tom was already outside eclipse-watching,
Though I'd sworn I wouldn't look up, not even with glasses,
Here's what my camera captured:
I don't know if that sort of thing is allowed. It's probably not. But here it is. No iambic pentameter, trochaic tetrameter, or dactylic hexameter, just my brain shaking its booty to the music in my head on the dance floor behind my eyes.
W.S. Gilbert, William Shakespeare, St. Paul, George Harrison, and Patti Liszkay
Did deny his majesty, but oh so briefly,
While his flame, that placid dame, the moon's Celestial Highness
Teasingly stole for two minutes the light she nightly borrows,
That mankind may all acclaim her and say,
"Though she be but little, today she is mighty,"
And recall that sometimes the weak confound the strong
In wonderful ways.
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