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Waiting for the Light

A horizon line is an error of our vision. Still, we plod determinedly toward it. We reach it in our imaginations, then move again. It’s the forward movement that transforms it – and us. Closing our eyes makes it real.

But open your eyes today, behind your special protective glasses, about 10:00 a.m. if you’re on the West Coast. Watch the solar eclipse, performed especially for the United States. If one thing can unite this savage country in a peaceful moment, let it be all eyes peering toward the heavens, each of us somewhat in the dark, holding hands, breathless with wonder, waiting for light to reach us again.

Waiting for the light.

 

Just a Thought, 5

Eclipse image courtesy: commons.wikimedia.org

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Comments on: "Waiting for the Light" (23)

  1. The eclipse will be in my neck of the woods around 1 pm. I intend to stay inside and avert my eyes from the sun shadow.

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  2. 18 more minutes! I’m on it.

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    • I was at Lake Forest Sports Park with a perfect view. But it was a bit underwhelming as it never even got shadowy – the sun remained brilliant throughout. I guess that’s a good sign – the sun in the sky, no matter what we’re doing down here.

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  3. Thinking of Bing Crosby and Mark Twain today. Shall look for A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Smile.

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    • This all sounds like fun, Bonnie. Years ago I read about a dozen (or more) of Twain’s books, never disappointed in his stories. He had vision. Think also of The Prince and the Pauper.

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  4. Beautiful words, Sharon! 😀 I experienced an eclipse here in the U.K. Many years ago and I hadn’t expected much…it turned out to be an overwhelming surreal experience. Not just the sudden dark, the hush, the silence of all the birds was shocking. The light always comes round again; often in the smaller unexpected times and places. ❤️

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    • When I was a teenager, I got to witness a total eclipse and I remember how silent the woods became, something I hadn’t expected. Today’s was a bit underwhelming in Southern California as we never got even a smidgeon of darkness. Still, it was fun to watch the moon wheel itself partly over the sun.

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  5. I’m glad I got to witness the eclipse, Shari. I’m touched by the imagery you left here. The light always comes. ♡

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  6. Beautiful thoughts, Sharon! We enjoyed a good partial eclipse and I got some interesting photos of the crescent shaped shadows on the ground. When we got home today I watched some of the recorded eclipse coverage and got very sentimental seeing images of the full eclipse in Oregon (where my daughter was).

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  7. We had 98% totality here and it was really amazing, though not as dramatic as a total eclipse would be. So many of us had the same thoughts today about how it transcended everything else going on in the country and the world – just for a little while at least. We were all one as we witnessed this awesome event. 😍

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  8. Did you see it Sharon? Hope you didn’t NOT listen to the false news telling you to wear glasses. My nephews are visiting their grandparents in South Carolina and their Grandma bought them the glasses before they arrived. Hope they too saw it. A once in a lifetime event for it to travel across the US. We had one here a few years back but you had to travel past Cairns to see it. Naturally some did but most of us watched it on TV. Not quite the same thing. I remember one happening when I was in primary school – way before special glasses – and my memory tells me we had to look at it through a pinhole in a piece of paper. Certainly we weren’t allowed to look at it directly.

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    • We wore glasses but our view was only about 60%. The sky didn’t even darken though the wind came up a bit, something noted all over. I was in a city park on a hill and thought the wind was a result of the location but it was apparently because of the event. Quite special as it seemed to be a show especially for the U.S., a positive moment uniting all of us. Boy, do we need something to bring us together.

      I remember an eclipse when I was a teenager at summer camp in the mountains nearby. We all made a sort of pinhole camera and looked through that – lotsa fun for a bunch of kids.

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