Hey, did you know there was a solar eclipse yesterday?! Obviously I’m kidding, because if you live in America it was virtually impossible to miss the mad coverage the “Great American Eclipse” garnered. No matter where I turned, it was ECLIPSE GLASSES and DON’T LOOK AT THE SUN and TOTALITY and blah blah blah. Eclipse eclipse ecliiiiiiiiipse!
But, you all know me. I was super into it. If I’d been a little more on-the-ball, I absolutely would have arranged for our family to be in the path of totality. But this summer has been very hectic and it just wasn’t in the cards for us. Luckily, I was at least on top of things enough to secure a bunch of eclipse glasses for us and our friends. Even if we couldn’t see totality in our area, we’d still see something and I wanted to make it memorable for my kiddos.
My friend Tara and I planned a little front yard picnic at her house for our kids. And you know we had themed food, even though it was 9 am.
Those eclipse glasses are hilariously over-the-top. Look at them!
Stars and stripes and even a bald eagle. We are so damn extra in America.
After about 1,000 reminders not to look at the sun without eyewear, we let the kids get their first glimpse of the eclipse.
As we sat outside, Tara’s neighbors started trickling over. It basically became a big block party, with kids and parents and grandparents!
Most of the kids had never seen an eclipse before (or didn’t remember it). We started showing them all the different ways we could see the eclipse, like with a colander, with our fingers, and in the shadows created by leaves.
All the kids were impressed by the show, even though we only had about 62% coverage.
But I have to say, watching the TV coverage of what it looked like in the totality zone gave me chills. Even the kids geeked out over it, counting down and cheering when the moon completely covered the sun.
Watching it with so many people made the eclipse so much more fun for all of us. I think sharing the experience with their friends is what will make my kids remember it for a long time.
And you’d better believe that we’ll travel to the path of totality in 2024. Annie made me pinky swear, and that’s a binding contract.