I debated about letting Liam watch today’s solar eclipse. I wondered whether he’d really care, how hard it would be to wrangle Liam and keep him from looking at the sun, and how we’d manage totality when it was supposed to be nap time. Perhaps I waited too long because when I finally got around to looking for eclipse glasses, they were sold out everywhere. But don’t worry – my husband came to the rescue and hooked Liam up with the coolest cereal box pinhole projector.
Just a little bit before two, we walked over to our neighborhood park. I showed Liam how to see the sun through the projector. It was so exciting for all of 10 seconds. Then, he wanted to get back in the stroller and head home. And true to Ohio form, the clouds rolled in for the afternoon despite a fairly clear morning sky, making it harder to see as we waited. So it was fun while it lasted, but we would have ended up watching the eclipse from the T.V. anyway. I’m glad we made it home in time to see totality happen around the country.
It was still kind of fun. And it was probably really great practice for the one happening in 2024 – which will practically be in our backyard. But it also spurred a few fun questions from Liam that I’ll share with you here:
- Do I have to go to bed?
- Are the lightning bugs out?
- Why is the moon up?
- Can we watch it again?
- (after he got up from his nap) Can we have breakfast?
Did you get a chance to watch the solar eclipse? How much did you see? Did you littles ask any fun questions about it?