Eclipse Through the Sumacs

eclipse through the sumacsI hadn’t set the alarm.  There’s no need for an alarm for the important stuff.

With a cranberry red throw draped around my shoulders, I unlocked the front door.  Nina comes quick whenever she hears the locks on the door.  She didn’t look up at me for permission before darting out.   I walked to the corner of the yard and saw the beginnings of the eclipse.

Should I wake them?

 

I tip-toed into Will’s room and whispered, “Will, the eclipse has started.”

“Hmmm?”

I walked down the hall and whispered again, “Jen, the eclipse.  It started.”

Jen rubbed her eyes and reached for a blanket.  I wrapped her shoulders as she found her sandals.

I made another pass by Will’s room.  “Honey, Jen and I will be out on the sidewalk.  Join us if you want.”

“Hmmmph?”

 

Jen and I stood under the moon as Nina circled our ankles.  Three females, faces tilted to the heavens, were surrounded by silence and the immensity of a night sky that held only a smattering of clouds that were too frightened to spoil the show.

I pulled my throw around to encompass Jen.

“Mom, how come no one else is out here?”  I looked behind me and up the block.  Jen looked up the hill.  In our corner of the world, we were the only souls witnessing the eclipse.

“I dunno, but aren’t we lucky?”

 

Nina began her feline dance of running here and there, sniffing, sneaking and darting.  Jen and I stifled giggles as we watched her.

“Jen, do you think the moon recharges her batteries?”

“She better re-charge quick before the whole moon vanishes.”

 

Nina finished her dance a few yards ahead of us, and stopped to stare.  All three heads were raised to the moon to watch the disappearance.

“Should we head back in?  Do you think Nina will follow?”

As were turned to walk toward the door, Nina ran ahead of us to show us the way.  She knew the show was over and it was time to snuggle back in bed.

 

This morning I reminded Will that Jen and I had stood on the sidewalk with Nina as we watched the eclipse.

“What?”

“You mean you don’t remember my coming into your room?”

“You did?”

“Twice.  Sorry I didn’t try harder.  There will be another.”

Related Post

Settle Down She came home from work with a story to share.  She was animated and expressive.  Her emotions were out in full force.  She was starring in her own one-act play about an event from her day.  She couldn't wait to share it with him. She'd always...
How To Start Your Homeschool Morning Peacefully "How'd you sleep?" I set my coffee down to get up and start her chocolate milk. "Good. How 'bout you?"  She curls up in her corner of the couch and Nina saunters over to take her share of the blanket. I start heating the milk and then walk into the...
One Afternoon at the Cemetery She winds the strands of her beaded necklace through delicate fingers. Tilting her head back, she exhales, and points the ember in the direction of the couple yelling at their dog. “What is it with people and their dogs? I mean, dogs are swell, but ...
Homeschool at the Movies "Let's watch The Martian." "Isn't that like three hours long?  I won't be able to stay awake." "Mom.  It's o-kay."  He says that in a way that indicates he's impatient with me, and trying to keep his eyes from rolling.  It's annoying - probably som...

Tags: , , ,

2 comments

  1. On the other side of town, Dave was watching it too.

  2. Pat,

    I like knowing that.

Leave a comment