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How Bentley and I Survived Solar Eclipse

A solar eclipse is caused by an angry bear biting the sun when it refused to move out of his way.

Beliefs of the indigenous Indian tribe Pomo of Northern California

 

It was early in the morning and we all slowly filled with anticipation. We had our glasses which, as we found out, significantly increased in a monetary value with the time of eclipse coming. Sun was still up and bright, and the occasional cloud didn’t ruin our excitement. We were ready for a big day.

I looked at Bentley and saw a slight change in his behavior. He followed me closer as if not wanting to lose me from his sight. The time around noon was his nap time, but he was awake. He kept looking up to me as wanting to find out my intentions.

I looked through my glasses and saw sun starting to miss slight sliver on its right side. Bentley kept clinging to my leg. Then the air became darker, murkier, and one could see the gray shadow over our neighborhood. Sun was still bright, but the neighborhood was changing. Suddenly Bentley walked away from me and hid in a farthest and darkest corner of our patio. His head hidden from the world.

I looked around and saw leaves and tree branches waving and shaking. The wind picked up and I felt that the air got cooler. Bentley ran toward the door and wedged his nose between the panel and its frame.

Inside he hid in the corner, didn’t even look at the window.

I stayed outside and turned my head around. The quiet was striking. Just stillness. Birds, always busy and tweety in the morning, all were gone and it felt as it always feels after darkness.

Chris looked around and said, “Can you hear?”

“Hear what?”

“The crickets!”

Then I noticed the familiar, calming chirps. But it never happened in the middle of the day. Usually at or after the sundown.

I looked through my glasses and saw the bear ate most of the sun’s circle.

Went back to be with Bentley who was hiding in the far corner of the house. He always does it during thunderstorms. I touched him. He wasn’t shaking as he does during the bad and loud weather, but wasn’t social at all. Looked as if wanting to be left alone, but I stayed with him.

In a half-an-hour, it was over. Grayness was gone, clouds were gone, and through my glasses, I only saw a small bite of the sun, this time on its left side. Still no bear around.

Bentley got up, looked around and walked to the door. His nose wedged to the frame as if saying, “I want to play now.”