I woke up at 4:30 AM.
For the average teenager, this can be pretty challenging. For me, the power of a lunar satellite is enough. I’ve always been interested in the moon;I actually gave a report on space in the 5th grade naming all the planets in order and explaining to the bored class what the different eclipses were. I’ve gotten up at 2:00AM to watch a meteor shower once. So hopefully now you understand how much of a nerd I am, and getting up at 4:30 for this magnificent portrayal of the sunlight bending around the earth was essential for me to watch.
I did my usual morning stuff, which is still not like how a 16 year old girl should act. I made coffee and watched the news. I was stoked to hear the weather man, a fellow person interested in this kind of stuff, talk about the total lunar eclipse. And to my utter disappointment, he sadly told the news that Rochester was going to have too much cloud coverage. I’m used to things not going in my part for the win, but this was just annoying.
So I continued my morning, and I know this is boring folks, but stay with me. And as I brushed my hair in preparation for showering, a shimmer caught my eye out of the little crack in my curtains.
It was the moon.
After I got dressed, in very office casual clothing mind you, I strolled outside with my shitty stadium binoculars and went to look for a good place to watch the partial phase turn to the start of the total eclipse. The street was pitch black and it was chilly, but celestial objects are a stronger force, literally. To sum things up, I ended up standing at the end of my street, near a lamppost.
It was a great view of the partial phase. And then things got interesting. I heard the loud roar of a motorcycle, and while sipping my coffee, turned to see a biker idly standing beside me.
“Yeah I saw the moon to looks neat,” The fellow yelled over the loudness of the bike.
“Oh it’s gonna get awesome,” I say back, kind of soft since it’s only 5:50 in the morning. And he rolls away. And this is the type of thing you get at 5:50 in the morning.
You also get baby foxes. I heard a scatter and turned and see a little fox running along the road like it’s a human or something. Now, I must say I was actually kind of frightened when it stopped and stared at me because all I could imagine was a gang of them with rabies attacking me and I can’t get help because it is now 5;56 in the morning and who the hell is awake!?
But the fox just scampered along the side of the road, making it’s daily travel to the office or wherever important foxes need to be in the morning. And, no, the fox did not say anything.
And more cars rolled by, and a waved to a few runners, being healthier than I’ll ever be. And all in all, it was pretty great. I strolled back home at 6:30 to gather my school things and got one last glimpse of the total phase before the bus came. But the total wasn’t very bright and “blood moon”-y as I thought it would be because of the clouds and the brightness of the sun and everything.
I guess the entire point I am trying to make with this lengthy story is that even though to most people this was a mundane event- which I will clarify that a total lunar eclipse is cool not mundane- in my eyes it was something I’ve been looking forward to since August. My childhood was largely impacted with my dad’s enjoyment for the moon, and even though he couldn’t watch this with me, I kept remembering those times while I watched the eclipse this morning. And I will probably always remember this morning because every little event that happened, effected my overall story. Perhaps not in your vantage point, but from mine, it was clear and memorable.
And these types of things happen to everyone. To relate this back to writing, jot down the next time a simple thing is really meaningful to you, or when you encounter out of the ordinary things. Personally I feel it helps capture the event as well as process it into something more real, more tangible, even if it is just in words rather than images.
Whichever phase you are in life at the moment, take the time to enjoy the little things. It’s really important.
October 8th 2014, Total lunar Eclipse