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Alissa at the apex: heavenly light

Everyone was left forever changed after the total solar eclipse. Here’s my revelation.
Joseph B. Phillips
A crescent sun captured by my Uncle Joe’s phone camera during the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024.

I never imagined that, at age 20, I would have the opportunity to watch a total solar eclipse in the solace of my backyard in quaint Amherst, Ohio. How could I ever predict that my eyes would witness one in my hometown or that they were even worth witnessing?

Well, the eclipse on April 8, 2024 was a special experience for all of humanity. Turning my head and seeing neighbors recline on their patios or front porches while I laid in a fortress of pillows and blankets was comforting, knowing that they shared the same excitement for this rarity as I did. We were all together, united under the alignment of the sun, moon and Earth.

Looking through my eclipse glasses and observing the moon pass in front of the sun little by little was entertaining, but I was more captivated by the constant power of the sun’s rays. Up until totality, the sky was a vibrant baby blue and streaks of jet fuel crisscrossed the sky. The slow eclipse of the moon failed to remove the resolute sun and its breathtaking light.

When the totality finally occurred, I joined the harmony of whistling, cheering and fireworks that could be heard throughout the neighborhood. Although, the darkened sky was eerie to behold because the birds stopped chirping and flew back to their nests, planets manifested above and the horizon was yellow like it would appear during a sunset or sunrise.

While it was spectacular, I instantly missed the sun’s warmth. I grew cold inside imagining a life without light—a life that simply wouldn’t survive. But, my joy relit when I realized that the light never went away, despite the moon eclipsing the sun and turning day into night.

In those brief four minutes, a halo of heavenly light formed around the moon. The darkness was illuminated as if the sun was actually engulfing the moon, not the other way around. Once the prevailing light defeated the temporary darkness, the birds warbled again and the bees buzzed around like nothing happened. This has affected me quite the opposite—I am forever changed by the eternal lamp within the darkness.

The next total solar eclipse in Ohio may not occur again in my lifetime, but that’s okay. I have heavenly light living in my memories.

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Alissa Van Dress
Alissa Van Dress, Campus Editor
Alissa Van Dress is a junior English major from Amherst, Ohio. She has a concentration in professional writing with minors in business, creative writing and Spanish and Hispanic Studies. Previously, Alissa served as the copy editor at The Carroll News. In addition to her current role as campus editor, Alissa is a JCU football and basketball cheerleader, a writing consultant at the JCU Writing Center, works as a digital engagement ambassador for the JCU Carroll Fund, and serves on the visual arts committee for The Carroll Review. Also, she is honored to have co-founded the Theatre Club at John Carroll University. Other than writing, some of Alissa's favorite hobbies include musical theater, vocal performance, fashion, dance and cheerleading/acrobatics. After graduation, Alissa plans to write for children's entertainment.

To contact Alissa, email her at [email protected].

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