Total Eclipse

I wake to a busy morning in quiet Nebraska. The corn fields continue the process of self-starting and sustaining, as it finishes out the perfect sweet corn phase of its season.

The light cloud coverage is beginning to burn away, as the sun raises higher in the azure sky. Today, here in my part of Nebraska, I will experience the eclipse in totality. Around our lunch/dinner hour we will gather as a community, who has welcomed many new faces and a team of scientists, to watch what only happens, if we’re lucky, once in a lifetime.

I have mixed feelings about the importance of viewing an eclipse, if I’m being honest, I wouldn’t travel and spend hundreds of dollars to view this moment in history. However, I’m grateful there are people in our country who do find true importance in recording, gathering and studying for the future of our world. I’m humbled, quite honestly, in how God has created us equal, yet blessed us with different gifts and its rather exciting to witness this fact, in and of itself, today.

Yes, for me, watching someone DO what they enjoy, and find their passion within, is fulfilling and a fine day’s work as I watch their minds turn and ideas flow – but that’s what social scientists do best.

We all have gifts and talents. My hope for today is for everyone to stop and consider what makes us positively different and the same and celebrate those bits. For we are much more productive united than we could ever be divided. I may have plucked that thought from someone…

Happy Eclipse Day, all Y’all,

Audrey Dawn

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48 thoughts on “Total Eclipse

  1. Happy Eclipse Day Audrey, and a very good thought for everyone to sit back and enjoy a celestial show ~ to understand how small we are but together we can be so much. Wishing you a great day. We had 98% totality in Eastern Oregon, and it was impressive… πŸ™‚

    • Happy Eclipse Day to you, as well, Mr. Collis. Have I mentioned how much I adore having you around? I would have sent my request for a flare much sooner if I would’ve known it would bring you back quicker. Your view was greatly missed. As one, we are capable of so much and why we continue to separate ourselves I will never understand. I know I may not carry the pain another has, but I’ve worked very hard to work towards empathy, action and care in many different arenas..it’s hard work, but aren’t we all worth it?! If only we all tried a little. You inspire me. I was told we were at a 99.5% totality. Unfortunately, we had clouds, but the moments were still worth it…it’s keep wanting to watch again, as if that’s an option. Silly me.
      Thanks again for stopping by, Sir.

    • Empathy is something that is sure lacking in many parts of society, and it does start with the individual ~ and your work definitely is inspirational πŸ™‚ It is always from the little things that great things take root. Did you feel the chill and dimness of the eclipse…this is what I enjoyed most about the morning. It was definitely worth it πŸ™‚ Wishing you a great week ahead my poetess πŸ™‚

    • You’re so kind, and have chosen to cause me to blush, it seems. Smiles.
      Oh, yes. I felt the entire process as it began. The wind picked up and then the lack of movement at all almost made it feel like time was standing still. I thought for sure being in hot humid Nebraska in August it wouldn’t cool off, but it did! Stunning moment, my Dalo. I want nothing but the best ahead of you, as well. πŸ˜™

  2. What a great experience! Seems we were on the same brainwave, thinking about how uniting this eclipse was. And again, uplifting. We shared the awe. Something to get the adrenaline going in a good way. Inspiring!
    Didn’t know you were in Nebraska. I’ve got cousins there! 🌹

  3. Audrey, I love this thoughtful and beautiful post. It is about celebrating as a community but recognizing all the unique and special gifts we bring to the table.

    Our older son’s family road tripped to Missouri, one of the best places to see the eclipse – except they had thunderstorms and the drama was muted for them. Still, our oldest grand celebrated his twelfth there, and took his disappointment in stride – along with several thousand of his closest new friends.

  4. I’m so glad you got to experience the eclipse in its totality. It just seems to have a special affect on those who wander in its path. Beautiful corn by the way… I could sure go for a couple of those sweet ears…

    • John, it was pretty fantastic, I can’t deny what I saw today. There was truly a moment shared between my brother and I as we sat and watched from his backyard. I took a few pictures of the daytime sunset, which I hope to share this evening…don’t get too excited, as I’m no professional, but ya know. πŸ™‚ I did squeal a big like a little girl when it became so dark. All those smart folks were right. πŸ˜‰

  5. Today will be my second experience and yes, I’m going to watch it. Notice the light outside today. Though it has yet to start the light is dimmer than normal. Oddly, that’s my biggest memory of last time, it was dim all day.

    Have fun ma’am.

  6. I’m about two hours away from Carbondale, where the eclipse is expected to be quite visible, but our skies today are partly cloudy, so who knows how much of the event we’ll see? Nevertheless, it totally amazes me how fascinated folks are over it. Yes, it’s historic, but I wonder if some aren’t just using it as an occasion to party away from the office!!

  7. I envy you. We will experience a partial, about 70%, here in NJ. However, I will indeed be watching (got my glasses) AND experiencing. Enjoy the moments, Ms. Red. ❀️🌚🌞

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