It was a lovely day, the late afternoon sun just over the beach.. I sat with my mother on a bench in the wide expanse. She looked at me for a long moment, almost sentimental. She was never like that.
I put my hand on her shoulder and she held it there. I was comfortable with her like that, the first time in our lives. She was 90.
The nurse arrived, her shadow over our legs. “Don’t get her crying now.”
She helped my mother stand and we walked with her back to the car.
The sun has a diameter of 1,391,980 kilometers, 109 times as big as the Earth. The moon has a diameter 3,475 kilometers, a quarter that of the Earth, 1/436th that of the sun. And yet, in our sky, they are exactly the same size.*
Solar eclipse, November 13, 2012
What’s it mean?
*Thanks to David Grinspoon for this observation in Lonely Planets.