Columbia, SC is a place I never wanted to live long-term, then I didn’t want to leave (but had to), and whenever I go back it is refreshing to my soul to visit friends and remember aspects of myself I’ve forgotten.
I left before 7AM Sunday morning to drive down to arrive in time for church (where I attended in college). It’s the most special church I’ve ever encountered, with people who are loving, caring, intellectual, fun, deep, and from many walks of life. The children have all grown up and my college acquaintances have children—life moves forward.
I got to see two of my best friends from college…and we laughed so much. Those friends are the best kind. And we drank margaritas and had the best homemade, personal pizzas EVER.
On the day of the eclipse, I had tea, cheese, and strawberries with friends, chatted about trips to England, and had the best time getting to know my friend’s son—he’s darling. Once the eclipse began, we’d pop outside every few minutes to check on its progress. The first moment I put on those glasses and looked up—it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever seen. Perfection. I started noticing the other ways nature was interacting with the phenomenon: shadows from the leaves, the crispness of my own shadow, and the increasing brightness and then darkness as it got closer to totality. Also, a flying bird making a strange noise. After totality, I stood and soaked in the beauty of what we’d experienced. The lining up of two, huge orbs. The impact it had on the earth. The way it instilled a sense of awe in millions. *goose bumps*
At the last minute, I learned a sweet friend was also in town with her roommate…and hedgehog. Awesome conversations about feminism, social justice, racism, belief systems, and interacting with people you love but who just aren’t on the same page. And, I got to hold her hedgehog!
Tuesday morning, I had breakfast with my brother at my alma mater. The caf is still the same—even down to my half a grapefruit (yum!). But, they’ve added a great little coffee shop downstairs (why couldn’t that have been there when I was a student?).
Till the next solar eclipse! 2024!