Being a witness to something beautiful.

Beautiful things happen every day. And we miss them. The sun rises and we are still in bed pressing the snooze. The lightning bugs light up backyards on a summer evening and we are still washing the dishes and settling in to relax before bed. The moon appears in it’s various phases and we remember to look up on occasion when it’s particularly bright and full. The flowers begin to bloom and we wait until they’ve opened and are providing a mix of colors amongst our landscaping before we pay attention.

Incredible occurrences happen every day regardless of if we see them and they occur in moments when we are not paying attention.

Today, we were paying attention. We rearranged our entire day to witness something so rare and beautiful. We packed turkey sandwiches, topped off our coffee thermos, and navigated gravel back roads to reach a point that would allow us to experience a total solar eclipse covering the United States from coast to coast – for the first time in 99 years. We gathered in parks, small towns, the sides of highways, and graveyards (in my case) for something that would come and go in two minutes or more. And without any doubt, it was worth it.

It’s amazing how one experience can make you feel so connected to other humans and insignificant in this world and full of life – all at one time. The experience was overwhelming. A chill filled the air. The sky darkened around us. I heard screams and gasps and exclaimations around me (and those were just from Aric!) And me, well my eyes welled with tears and my mouth remained agape well beyond the two minutes and 35 seconds of totality.

I hope we don’t soon forget the beauty that unfolded in front of our eyes. And take that appreciation into moments beyond August 21.

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