An Addendum

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Courtesy of my sis-in-law

So, today’s daily prompt (visceral) kinda ties in to what what I wanted to write about today… which is an addendum to the post I wrote the other day about the eclipse, and how I wasn’t as worked up about it as the world around me seemed to be.  So here’s the thing,  If I didn’t know there was to be an eclipse, if the news hadn’t plastered it all over the internet and everywhere else. If, say, I were walking along and suddenly the world went dark for a few minutes — I’d be confused and befuddled. Because, you know, the world isn’t meant to be dark in the day.  Of course, I know what eclipses are so eventually I’d come to the conclusion that there’s an eclipse happening. So if I looked down and could see the shadow of the moon covering the sun, that would be awesome and amazing — as it’s meant to be.  But because of the hype and the media coverage, it just took some of the fun out of it for me. It’s simply not a visceral experience anymore. It’s a zoo.  Like Christmas… the magic of the season has left the building.  Unless I do it my way (which I do) and everyone else can bite me if they don’t like it. 😛

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Albuquerque Balloon fiesta 2016

Another example… Albuquerque, New Mexico, has a balloon fiesta every year (hot air balloons) and hundreds of thousands of people come every year to witness and participate.  And those hundreds of thousands of people probably have a great time attending this fiesta. More power to them. Let them have their fun. It’s just not for me.  I’m not a crowd person. The thought of being in a crowd of 850K people?  Yeah, it gives me the shivers just thinking about it. Having said that, I would have loved to have been at the this balloon fiesta when it was first starting, when the first few ballooners (I dunno what they’re called) figured out that Albuquerque had the perfect conditions for ballooning and started coming there to fly their balloons. When it was just a few people gathering and having fun — before it became the monster that it is today.  And, don’t get me wrong, I absolutely loved to turn the corner on any given morning in Albuquerque to see balloons in the sky. It was pretty awesome.  I didn’t need an event to make it wonderful.  Just one or two colorful dots floating serenely in the vast blue sky was enough to make me smile.

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And then there are the simple things

So, it’s not that I don’t think that eclipses are awesome in and of themselves. I think they’re pretty nifty. If I were surprised by an eclipse — solar or lunar — I’d be pretty touched. Same with a shooting star or a meteor shower. They’re spectacular sights to see, but I don’t go out of my way to watch them (not anymore — I got tired of chasing ghosts). And fireworks.  If I were to wander over a hill and suddenly come upon a fireworks display in the distance, that would be pretty spectacular, but I’ll be damned if I’m gonna fight the crowds to watch fifteen minutes of fireworks only to fight the crowds home. Yeah… not gonna happen. Even when I was younger, I didn’t have the patience for that nonsense.

9 thoughts on “An Addendum

  1. Embeecee

    I’m sad to read this post. The wonder appears to have exited from your life and that’s very sad indeed. I have the same issues as you do vis a vis the maddening throng. I hate going to almost any public venue any longer because there are simply too damn many people. But (excuse the crude language please) goddamned if they’re gonna take the wonder away from me too. I celebrate all the things you listed, eclipses, fireworks, sunsets, balloon fests, birds on the wing, the majesty of a night sky (providing you can find a night sky any more..ambient light is another little gift of our over-population). Fuck ’em (the crowds). I will live my life to the fullest I can, because to stop would mean they won. They don’t get to win.

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    1. Willow Post author

      Now see, when I walk outside and see the dragonflies, butterflies, and bees buzzing about, I think that’s pretty awesome. And when the deer walked through our yard last year, that was kinda nifty too. Even the coyote was a little “hey that’s neat! Stay away from my dogs, you!” So the wonder isn’t gone… It’s just some things that make it… less so. Like the eclipse. When it got dark out, I was all, “Ah that’s kinda cool.” but I didn’t rush outside to see it. And I ferdamnedsure wasn’t gonna drive down to Oregon to experience “totality”. No way, no how.

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  2. Peg Stueber-Temp and Tea

    Actually, I kinda like your take on things. You crave the spontaneity of a natural event – the ‘surprise’ is part of the fun.

    Didn’t stop me from planning my own little private celebration of the eclipse, though…so I was partially pleased with the media and commercial frenzy. I tuned out the bits that didn’t interest me, took in the bits that did.

    We humans are such contradictory beings, aren’t we?

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  3. JodiLea

    It is scary how similarly we think! Probably more scary for you, then me. I am so happy you shared your take on such events. I thought it was a character flaw of mine that I could not ‘get into’ the surrounding excitement about the eclipse, or other hoards of people in the same place.
    TTFN

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    1. Willow Post author

      It’s not scary at all. 🙂 There’s 7 billion people living on this world of ours, and I figure I can’t possibly be the only one who thinks the same way I do. I mean out of all the people in the world, there’s got to be at least one more person that thinks the same way I do. ^_^

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    1. Willow Post author

      Yeah, I switched back to Willow a little bit ago… I wrote a post about it. I can’t go back to my previous blog because I changed the password to a string of random letters so I’m just continuing with this blog. 🙂

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