A small corner of the sky captured most of America’s attention and imagination on August 21, 2017. It was the celestial event of the millennia that brought a momentary pause to many people’s lives as they looked up and marveled at the source of our very existence.
Leah and I had our own corner of the parking lot at Benton County Fairgrounds in Corvallis, OR.
A party atmosphere surrounded us. Some were expecting a spiritual awakening, and some were interested in the science of the occasion, but for most of us it was a social connection. We sat around with family, friends and strangers, looking goofy in our mylar glasses…
…as we shared a brief moment together as sun worshipers.
We all held our collective breath at the precise moment the moon completely eclipsed the sun. And then there were cheers.
For one brief moment, we were all related. For that one instant during totality, we had turned the corner, and became the human race.
And just like that…
…it was gone in a flash, and a tear passed the corner of my eye.
Sadly, it’s going to be a long time before our next solar eclipse.