Touching photo captures woman helping elderly father watch eclipse

(Courtesy: Barbara Parsons Foster)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – For many, the total solar eclipse evoked emotion we never expected—pure amazement, joy, and wonder.

For others, it evoked a deep sense of gratefulness. This was the case for Middle Tennessee woman Hedy Morrison.

“It was a very special moment, you know. It was way more special than you realized it was going to be,” she told News 2.

A touching photograph shows Morrison with her elderly father during the eclipse’s totality. She’s gazing up at the sky with her father’s wheelchair propped in her lap so he can look, too.

“He tends to be kind of slumped in his wheelchair, and the only way for him to be able to see it was to tilt him backwards so that he could be looking up at the sky,” Morrison explained.

Will Roberts, her father, turned 93 just days before the total eclipse.

“He had a stroke just over four years ago and he’s been pretty disabled since then. He’s on hospice now and they have told us we are getting near the end of the journey,” she explained.

Morrison and her father have lived next door to one another in Oak Hill for 35 years. That’s where their family gathered to stare at the sky, the clouds parting just in time.

“There were four generations of us watching it there. The rest of them were on the roof and that’s where my daughter Molly captured the picture, was from the roof.”

While Roberts can’t articulate much since the stroke, Morrison said his admiration for the moment could be seen and felt by his loved ones.

“He smiled, and when I’d say, ‘Can you see it?’ he’d say yes, and I’d say, ‘That’s pretty amazing, isn’t it?’ and he would kind of nod his head yes,” she explained.

It was a moment Morrison didn’t know was captured but will forever cherish.

“It’s just kind of awe-inspiring is what it is, and, you know, the world is an amazing place,” she smiled.

The photo was passed along to News 2 by Barbara Parsons Foster, who says Morrison is “a wonderful person. She is one of the most loving and giving people you will ever meet.”

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