We just need a few more eclipses

Outlook Publisher

I was lucky enough to witness the much-anticipated eclipse on Monday at Laurel’s South Pond.
Lucky might be an overstatement. Lucky might better describe our reporter’s trip to Wyoming where he was in the epicenter of what was a celestial Woodstock in the middle of nowhere.
From my vantage point, I noticed the temperature drop as the daylight turned a few shades darker. Couldn’t really tell what was going on with the sun until I put on my eclipse glasses.
In just a few minutes, the area surrounding the pond lightened up and life went back to normal.
The 50 or so people who stopped to witness the eclipse there soon scattered.
The whole incident made me think that eclipses must have driven our fore, fore fore, forefathers and mothers crazy. Just imagine a person goes through his whole life with the sun rising in the east and setting in the west while trying not to be eaten by large animals until one day, the source of heat and light gets covered up in the middle of the day and everything goes dark.
Had to be unsettling at the very least.
A person would have had to try pretty hard early this week to avoid learning that an eclipse was imminent.
While there was some office discussion about if the eclipse lived up to its billing, it didn’t, its presence did have an unexpected consequence.
For more than a few minutes, everyone looked to the heavens and the nonsense coming out of Washington, DC, went away.
Hard to discuss the Russian investigation, Trump’s latest tweet, North Korea or a whole host of other topics, when there is something out of this world going on above us.
Thank goodness for the eclipse.
For the shortest time, Facebook and Instagram were populated with breath-taking eclipse photos instead of pointed memes.
It was a good time to catch our collective breaths.
The last eclipse that impacted our area occurred when I was in high school. Our science teacher, Eli Urbaniak, drove us out of Forsyth to let us witness the eclipse with nifty boxes we built in class.
For just a few minutes in 1979, our class was quiet as we watched.
I think the eclipse provided a moment of reflection for high school juniors and a moment of quiet for Mr. Urbaniak.
Here’s hoping for more eclipses to help all of us slow down and calm down for just a minute while we observe something that is as old as the earth occur before our very (protected) eyes.

David Keyes is publisher of the Laurel Outlook.

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