Describing what totality was like is like trying to recount your dreams. I am not overstating it when I say that it was surreal, mystical, and awe-inspiring. I was a skeptic who didn't think the eclipse could possibly live up to the hype - and boy, was there hype.
I felt poetry bubble up inside of me, saw paintings that I haven't (yet) painted. I simultaneously felt like the most important person on earth (as one given the chance to see the mysteries of universe unfold right before my eyes), and like I was as small and inconsequential as a grain of sand.
When totality happened, we heard people on other streets shouting and clapping - and we shouted back! It was a communal nirvana, where everyone came together in peaceful excitement and anticipation to see the same spectacle, but we gave each other enough space to enjoy it as individuals. The real miracle of the eclipse is this: for 2 minutes and 34 seconds, the world seemed to be in contented agreement. We were standing in the shadow of the moon and it was magnificent.
I posted this pic to my Facebook page and tagged Oreo..... .... then Dad ate the eclipse. You can hardly blame him.
I was rather gobsmacked by own reaction to the event. I didn't think there was any way it could possibly live up to the hype - but I was mistaken! North America will experience another total solar eclipse on April 8, 2024 - my calendar is marked!