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total eclipse of the heart. i mean, sun. (but heart, too, i guess.)

As you all may have heard, there is a total eclipse coming our way in a few weeks.  Everyone is basically frothing at the mouth here in my neck of the woods because we are smack-dab in the center of the total eclipse path, so we will experience two and a half minutes of complete eclipse.  Which is apparently a big deal.  (So if anyone is wanting to experience it for yourselves, come on down for a visit on August 21!)

I'll be watching it with the kids, and while my first job is to secure some quality eclipse glasses so their retinas don't start sizzling, my second job is to figure out where we're going to go watch it.  Our neighborhood has lots (and lots and lots) of mature trees, so I'm pretty sure it won't be visible from our yard.  Todd gets an hour off of work to watch it unfold, but I'm not sure that I'm going to want to brave the traffic to get over there to watch it with him - seriously, people are coming into town from all over the country so it's going to be a madhouse.  I'm thinking I'll take the kids to the grocery store parking lot, because there's decent visibility there and it's close our house.  Plus, we like to live life with a little bit of flair, and nothing says 'classy eclipse viewing' like being able to double-bird it and pick up some lettuce while we're at it.

And my third job is figuring out how to explain to my kids what they're about to witness.  Sure, I could tell them about it in advance to get them ready for it, and say they're going to witness a phenomenon that is simply a matter of the moon getting in between the sun and the earth.... 

ORRRR I could wait until the last minute and then tell them that apparently the apocalypse is nigh and we won't get to be part of the rapture if we don't don our special 'worldview glasses of the elect'...

Curriculum choices are hard to make.

4 comments :

the jersk. said...

it's like the old threshers of space.

todd said...

that morning you should tell them that if they disobey, God is going to cancel the sun

the jersk. said...

this is the best idea.

Bethany Haid said...

This is hilarious. My kids know too much science for me to have that much fun with them. We are going to do a cul de sac party and you ahould come!