Good Evening, God!
A TOTAL solar eclipse! WOW! My wonderful husband Kit and I have seen 3 total solar eclipses. And they are magnificent. Awe inspiring! Just the idea that the sun is 400 times larger than the moon but 400 times further away delights me. I like to think You did that on purpose . . . just to amaze us.
Kit and I experienced our eclipses with a small group of close friends. That made it even better that seeing it by ourselves. But those eclipses were in isolated places. We were just a small group. Precious experience are EVEN better when shared. But, it wasn’t until our delightful daughter Suzanne shared her eclipse experience that I really understood HOW MUCH better “sharing” can get.
Suzanne lives in Los Angeles where the eclipse was going to get to 62% of totality. She hadn’t thought to buy glasses but she did think that she might as well be outside during the eclipse just to see the light change. She passed a worker and the two of them shared regret at not having glasses to look at the eclipse. Then as she approached Robertson she saw a group out watching the eclipse — sharing what seemed to be one pair of glasses. As she got closer one of the group held out the glasses to her and said — Take a look!
Suz said she expected the view to be fuzzy but it was crystal clear — and she burst into tears! It was that moving!
Then it turned out the woman handing her the glasses had gone to school with Suz. It truly was a great “communal” moment! And on her walk back home she discovered that someone had shared glasses with the workman so they could share their joy.
A Great Communal Moment, indeed! We are social creatures aren’t we? Designed to be together! And our delight overflows . . . things don’t have to be 100%. 62% is more than enough.