It’s been a week since we experienced the solar eclipse of 2017. It certainly was a unique event. I do remember the one that happened in 1979. Unfortunately, it was a cloudy day in New Jersey, so we were regulated to watching it happen on the Today Show via classroom TVs. Not quite as fun as in person.
When this year’s solar eclipse took place, I was at work. Quite honestly, nobody around me seemed interested. “Ho-hum” is a term that best described the atmosphere. That is – until one golden moment. People started to realize that I had special viewing glasses.
I thought I would have a private viewing moment all to myself. Nope! The second the solar eclipse started to happen, my lone moment in the parking lot was no more. If one more person exclaimed – “oh, you have the glasses” – I was going to vomit.
Actually – there were two pair available. So along with homemade solar eclipse viewing contraptions, there were two supposedly safe glasses that allowed everyone alongside to catch a glimpse of what was going on in the sky. My carefully scheduled lunch break become a communal moment. My only concern was possibly contracting pink eye. The thought of coating the glasses in hand sanitized crossed my mind.
Thankfully, a week has gone by, and no conjunctivitis! Whew! Seems like that bullet has been dodged.
So aside from complaining about possibly contracting an eye disease, view the solar eclipse was fun. It was much better to share with others than to just watch alone. Honestly, it was like fireworks on the Fourth of July. Lots of “ooh’s” and “ahh’s.” Sprinkle in a few “that’s so cool” as well.
I completely enjoyed the first total solar eclipse to pass through the continental United States in 38 years. The next one will happen just seven years from now in 2024. I’ll be ready! I promise to order a few dozen glasses. And be totally prepared for everyone around me.
Watch! It’ll rain that day!
(Featured image courtesy of Robert Manse – buy great jewelry at Robert Manse Designs)