Have you heard about the solar eclipse? (Maybe a better question is, do you care if you ever hear the words "solar eclipse" again?) All of America seems to have been abuzz about this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view a rare solar event. We were projected to get about a 95% eclipse. (Turns out 5% of the sun is pretty dang bright, but very cool nonetheless.) We managed to snag some of the eclipse glasses that were more in demand than tickets to the last spaceship leaving an exploding earth.
The kids enjoyed their day off school, complete with solar eclipse homework assignments, and Matt took the day off work. We watched through the afternoon as the moon slowly made its way across the sun, casting a surreal dimness over our cul-de-sac, dropping the temperature about 10 degrees, bringing the crickets out, and sending the chickens back toward their coop. Maybe in 2024 we'll make our way to somewhere in the path of totality.
*Bono voice* "I'm not the only one staring at the sun..."
It was so fun to have our friends the Waggoners (fellow adoptive parents with whom we formed an adoption support group about 10 years ago and who are now missionaries in Albania) over for lunch and eclipse-viewing.
Essie and Chloe with their friend Ellie
The chicken did not seem impressed.
More eclipse shadows