Apparently not quite realizing the true nature of an ‘eclipse party,’ a Texas mom innocently asked the Perot Museum about the possibility of rescheduling the party to accommodate her children’s unbending school schedule.
The original flyer gives pretty specific details on the event, and even says there will be a direct feed to the “livestream of the complete eclipse from NASA:”
“Join us for FREE activities on the Plaza from noon-2pm and experience the much-anticipated solar eclipse! We will be having out-of-this-world space activities, including learning about meteorites with our educators, giving out free solar eclipse glasses beginning at noon, and creating pinhole cameras with the TECH Truck! While we won’t be in the path of the total eclipse, we’ll get to enjoy a partial one here and will have a livestream of the complete eclipse from NASA. Feel free to dress up, as sun or space-related costumes are encouraged!”
“So funny!!!!! Hoping this is a joke. If not, please never consider homeschooling.”
One enterprising person actually did some research to offer the mom some alternatives:
“Reply from the Sun and the Moon: Sure, we can reschedule it to a Saturday. December 4, 2021. Can you please kindly ask your kids’ school to organize a field trip to Antarctica? Or would it work better if we reschedule this to July 22, 2028 with a field trip to Down Under instead?”
One person brought a bit of political humor into the thread with his quip:
“Sarah Palin, is that you?!”
One helpful soul even offered to call in a favor or two to help:
“The hardware is pretty much set in stone. This will be easier to adjust in software. Let me pull some strings with my friends in Greenwich to see if we can call Monday Saturday, just this once.”
Days later and people are still commenting and adding hilarious responses.
Some of the responses were sympathetic, and offered the snarky comment crowd a bit of advice about cyber bullying.
And on that, I will finish. While it is fun to poke people when they say or do dumb things — sometimes maybe we should take a step back and think about what we’re doing or saying. Thank you Maurice, for putting this into perspective and being the voice of reason.