After Eclipse...the new normal.
Whoa. That was cool. Beyond what I thought could be possible, kind of cool. It felt like the quickest two and a half minutes of my life, but also felt like the most expansive. The most amount of emotions jam packed into about 153 seconds. I feel cracked open and changed. Like anything is possible. It was dark in the middle of the day!!! Anything IS possible!
I love the human connection we are putting on it. We have all been asking each other where we were when it happened. I love how the unanimous reaction was cheering and clapping and hooting and hollering. Who planned that part? I love remembering the faces around me, and the new story we now share together.
And the farm. I'm tearing up now thinking of it. We did not plan on camping out there, but we did, starting on Saturday. We did not leave until the afternoon after the eclipse (we don't actually live there, but want to someday!) Many of the locals hunkered down leading up to the eclipse. We did not know what to expect with traffic, groceries and gas. It was easier to stay put. But without knowing it was happening, we got grounded! The perfect balance for the cosmic event of our lifetime.
The farm happens to be my favorite spot on Earth (followed closely by a choice hot spring). To be there is what made the experience that much more powerful. I don't think traveling to an unfamiliar climate or terrain could ever be close to what we saw here, in the Tetons with our own community. The familiarity with what we consider normal light and animal behavior, could not be replicated with travel in the mix.
We think the chickens went in the coop, but could not see them or the pigs. The cows came out to pasture and did a bit of mooing, but they could have been talking to the other cows. They do that sometimes. During totality they kept grazing! The dog curled up under a shrub, but I think he was just weirded out because his humans stopped work and ran up the hill at the time we should have been getting ready to drop bits of lunch on the ground for him. He was also tired from 2 nights of camping. A flicker came to rest on a branch next to us for a bit. Closer then I think it would have normally been at that time of the day, we may have invaded it's nesting area.
Like I mentioned last week, the eclipse freaked out the plants. We have noticed how quickly things have ripened since then. It may have kicked them into a bit of a panic to ripen, or it could just be the warm weather. So many unknowns.
My "knowns"...I do know the eclipse was one of the most awesome moments of my life. I know it affected every plant, animal and human here. I know it expanded my world in ways I have yet to find words for. I also know it deepened my connection to the farm and my community. And somehow rocked me to the core. Since I was born, my cells have known the rhythm of night and day. I've been shaken at the cellular level. Things are different now in the best way possible!
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