Voice from the Middle


Did you get to witness the eclipse in totality yesterday?

We made viewing boxes but didn’t need them due to the cloud cover.

If not, I assume you all tried to witness your version of the eclipse. My son and I drove what for us should have been two hours away to witness totality. “Should” being the operative word. The drive home that should have taken two hours took five and a half. 30 mph the entire way.  Oh my.  When we were home, I walked directly to the frig for a beer and my son went directly to his room. lol.

Once the memories of that ride go away, we will be left with the greatness of the experience.  Being near all the people experiencing the same event was so fun — my discussion with a woman who drove up from Texas stands out.  We had quite a bit of cloud cover so our pictures are not great, but the experience did not disappoint.

eclipseThe stillness for those two minutes, the birds chirping like early morning, the sunrise to the north.  The drop in temp.

In 2024, I’ll be chasing totality again!

— Namaste

By Debra Happe

Debra Happe is a writer and marketing professional based in Des Moines, Iowa. Debra does business, magazine, and freelance copywriting work. Specialties include science-based, environmental, and technological. Connect on LinkedIn for professional inquiries.

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