First let me just say, it was so worth the hype.
As a journalist, we get to cover some of history's most exciting moments. But often times were behind the camera, or interviewing people, basically witnessing it through other people's eyes. Don't get me wrong, it's an incredible way to witness history, to be the one that helps document it. But sometimes you just want to experience it for yourself. And yesterday I got to do just that.
At first I was a little bummed not be in our station's eclipse special but they needed at least one reporter to cover the news later in the day, and in the end it was the best because I got to actually enjoy the eclipse like a normal person!
We made an eclipse themed lunch with crescent roll sandwiches, cheese plate (because the moon is made of cheese duh!), little rocket skewers and a total failed attempt at black and white moon cookies.
At my mom's house we had one minute and ten seconds and after talking to others who've experienced an eclipse before, I decided I wasn't going to waste time trying to take pictures but instead just take it all in. The eerie feeling as the darkness started to creep in, the significant drop in temperature, and the growing roar of the cicadas. All of those were little moments that I want to remember. As the sun disappeared behind the moon and we were able to take off our glasses, it really was a magical experience. It was so sparkly! It went by so fast and I do wish we had an extra minute. Because before we knew it, the sun was poking back out, the sky brightened up and the heat came back with a vengeance. But in that minute, you really realize how incredibly small you are in the universe. Watching with Matt and my family also made me feel a little alone, but not in a bad way. Others watched with thousands, but I loved the quiet moment we all shared in the backyard.
I hope you got a chance to witness this incredible moment in history...but don't worry if you didn't, you have another chance in 2024! I better request off work now...
But I was happy to get to jump into Eclipse Mania and do a story about how many people visited St. Louis. Watch it here! Also, do you spy my crescent necklace?
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