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  • One thing that made me return was truly a once-in-a-lifetime event.

    Six generations of us came together that day. Three of those had been there for years; it was a cemetery, after all. In recent years the hard pan dirt and tumbleweeds had given way to soft but somewhat patchy grass. Leaves on the three teenaged trees played in the breeze, unusually subtle, that swept across the desert to the west. Perfect.

    The population of this tiny southern Utah town hovers around 247 on a good day. But today it was a "sweet spot"' ; the geographical and astronomical direct hit for a solar eclipse, an annular ring of fire. People, who previously probably had no idea the town existed, gathered at the church parking lot. The area around the post office was jammed with people, camp chairs, camera tripods, and telescopes. This was an event.

    We were suspended in the quiet of the cemetery. This was a 4 1/2 minute event we wanted to experience here, surrounded by memories and history.

    At some time during the hour it took for the sun to creep slowly to its hiding place behind the moon, we missed Sara, the youngest of the latest generation. I found her on the other side of the cemetery, literally cuddled up against the grave marker of her great grandmother. Just waiting, with her own thoughts.

    May 20, 2012. This was a convergence, an alignment of many kinds.
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