Cloudy skies

From: Cindy Bonfini-Hotlosz <cbonfini@>
Subject: Cloudy skies
Date: Fri, 27 Sep 1996 10:49:29 -0400

Hello everyone,

It is wonderful hearing all of the great stories about the eclipse. 
Being a college prof in the midst of a hectic semester, I didn't have
time to organize a formal party; however, I decided to make it a family

I printed all of the wonderful material about the eclipse and the
excellent stories of how different cultures celebrate moon-gazing.  The
children were so excited (ages 12, 10, 6, and 3).   

Now the sad daughter (12) and son (6) came home from school
with a fever.  Then, to top things off, the sky was horribly overcast! 
What was a mom to do?

Well, we had an in-door story time so everyone could take part in some
of the party.  Then my remaining clan and I packed in our car and took
off for the observatory at Oglebay Park, only to be found that it was

We did get to see a great bit of the eclipse flitting in and out of teh
clouds.  And my son (10) and daughter (3) had a great time sharing your
stories with moon-gazers from our area.  Our lunar picnic was a success,
despite the clouds!

As we headed back to our car, we spotted a majestic stag gazing up at
the clouds.  In a small voice, my three year old whispered "Grandmother
Moon must be pleased".

Thanks guys, for the great stories!  You can bet I will share your
adventures with them.

Looking forward to the next one in 2000!

Cindy Bonfini-Hotlosz