The Time You Saw A Total Solar Eclipse
Back in April Mama asked me if I wanted to take a day off work and come with you guys to view the total solar eclipse. I said no.
Big mistake. Huge.
I remember seeing the eclipse of 1979, not with my own eyes...but on TV. I can remember my parents telling me not to look into the sun when I walked to school that day, so I walked all the way with my head down. From what I remember it was a cloudy day anyways.
So when Mama asked me to go this year I wasn't all that excited about it. Been there done that I guess?
Last week I started to get minor pangs of regret for saying no. And then my disappointment when into full-on 'what was I thinking' mode yesterday.
Mama, Bubby and you guys woke super early for the drive to board the Great Smoky Mountains eclipse train that would take you to Dillsboro, NC to view the eclipse in totality. Yes, totality!
I stayed back here in Asheville where the eclipse was at about 99 percent coverage. On the night before the eclipse Sydney asked me how come she'll be in totality and I won't be? I'm not a scientist but I think I explained it OK, something about you being in a direct line and me being off to the side.
Leading up to yesterday, Mama and I explained what you'd be seeing, we even showed you videos on YouTube. You seemed excited but I'm not sure you knew exactly what to expect? Trey seemed to have a bit of worry about the darkness in the middle of the day.
Because you guys were on your way to awesomeness, Mama and I had to text all day.
Mama: Traffic nuts already
Daddy: Lotsa people here are very anti-eclipse...blah blah traffic, blah blah too busy. Such haters. Lady at the UPS store wasn't very nice about it.
Mama: 18 miles on 40 is gonna take hours
Daddy: just walked downtown. it's absolutely dead. kinda creepy. guess we know where they all are
Daddy: I'm lovin the journey you're taking the kids on. good job mama!
Daddy: cool to watch the abc live feed cuz the eclipse has started on west coast
PS...Mama had bad cell service on the train so I was doing all the texting for a bit
Daddy: wow, watching the eclipse in 1979 was way different. bonnie tyler's song 'total eclipse of the heart' is trending all over the internet LOL
Daddy: going for a walk downtown before it gets real here (this was about 12:45...23 mins before first contact in Asheville)
Daddy: so ya...i'm depressed. can't believe i'm not with you and the kids for this. i feel the same way i did when i became a citizen except worse lol
Daddy: totality in oregon. beautiful
Mama: Wow, it's started already?
Daddy: I have tears lol
Mama: Just arrived in dillsboro
Daddy: you guys are in for such a treat
Daddy: i'm gonna sign off and let you guys enjoy. message me if you want but don't worry about me. just have fun
Daddy: lady at work let me use her glasses. i saw it live for the first time in my life
Mama: Woot. It's about 1/3 covered here now. There too I guess?
Daddy: Ya very close. Kids think it's cool?
Mama: Yep. Getting cooler. And darker.
Daddy: I got some free glasses. Woot!
Mama: Big cloud trying to get in our way
PS...this is right about the time you guys experienced totality
Mama: Sent you a video and two pics but they may not come. Service is weird here
Daddy: OK. did it get pretty dark there?
Mama: Yep. Not pitch black but sky was awesome. I got great shots of totality. Of the moon.
Daddy: shadows were very strange lookin. very sharp.
Daddy: that vid got me teary-eyed. great job! wicked pics too. LOVE the diamond effect pic!
Daddy: did you have tears? sounded like i could hear them in your laugh
Mama: Yep. In that video even Bubby says something about tears and I said me too lol
So there you have it. You guys were in totality for a little over 2 minutes, the sky went dark and the moon completely blocked out the sun. Even though I wasn't there with you, I'm SO glad Mama and Bubby took you guys on the journey yesterday. You guys left the house a little after 8 am and got home by 9:30 that night. Traffic was nuts coming home, too.
Before I went to bed, Mama sent me one last text...
Mama: it was hashtag #soworthit
(I'll explain hashtags to you guys in a few years)