I did not know what to expect. I joked that the “Path of Totality” sounded like a good name for a band. I laughed when I heard that Bonnie Tyler was going to sing “Total eclipse of the heart” during the total eclipse. I observed that at least the Chiquita banana company (the Chiquita Banana Eclipse since the sun would look like a Chiquita banana) and the makers of Slim Jim (the path of totality reminds us of their favorite snack) used the moment in the way of capitalism.
I understood the significance of seeing a total solar eclipse, but my mind was occupied about whether or not the students viewing the eclipse would keep their eclipse glasses on during the time when it was not safe to look directly at the sun. But soon it became clear they were as caught up in the eclipse as everyone else here. Our path where I teach provided 79 seconds of totality, or the period of time when the moon fully covered the sun. It was spectacular. (Be sure to check out coverage and pictures provided by the Saint Louis Review, the Archdiocesan paper of the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.)