coincidence, or act of nature?
By JONATHAN WHITAKER
August 31, 2017
Something magical happened for 9-year-old Marco Gallo on
Aug. 21, and it wasn't quite the great solar eclipse that
millions of Americans saw that day.
Yes, of course, when Gallo woke up in the morning, he was
excited about seeing the eclipse with the rest of his buddies
at Our Lady of Mercy School in Merced.
But before he could leave home, he had to check the chicken
coop for any fresh breakfast eggs.
Marco is the son of Mike and Lori Gallo, and one of the
youngest members of a major ag family that operates Joesph
So it's not surprising that Marco is an aspiring 4-Her who
is learning about animals by taking care of 16 chickens
and one very proud rooster (and if you have ever seen a
bottle of Gallo wine, you would know that Gallo means rooster
Marco appears to have inherited the family's business sense
too because he sells all his extra eggs to family members
He calls his business "Marco's Organic Eggs,"
and all the proceeds go to his College Fund.
On the morning of the eclipse, Marco checked the chicken
coop, but he didn't see a single egg.
"Hmmm," he wondered, and then shrugged it off
as nothing. His thoughts soon turned to the approaching
Meanwhile, his parents were off to work. Lori Gallo was
especially excited about seeing the eclipse, and headed
out to the company ranch outside of Atwater to view the
natural wonder with dozens of other employees.
Wearing protective glasses, she waited under the hot sun
until it started to happen — just like her son Marco
was doing at OLM.
To Lori's delight, she managed to take an impressive photo
of the eclipse with her cell phone.
For Marco, however, the real magic was yet to come.
When he returned home in the afternoon, he nonchalantly
walked over to the chicken coop to check for eggs. This
time, he hit pay dirt. He found a dozen eggs plus one ---
lucky No. 13.
Marco gathered them up, and suddenly he saw ... The One.
"Whoa," he said out loud. "I've never seen
an egg like this before."
That got Mom's attention, and Lori Gallo went over to take
a look at what her son found.
She looked at it, and looked at it more, and then turned
away, and looked at it again.
And then it hit her.
She ran and got her phone, and found the eclipse picture
she had captured earlier, and then looked back at the egg
in Marco's hands ... and she couldn't believe it.
The egg and the sun were the same shape!
Was this an egg-traordinary coincidence, or an act of nature?
To this day, the Gallos have no idea, but they sure had
a good time talking about it.
Now you may think that Marco — the young entrepreneur
— might have thought about putting the egg up for
auction on "eBay" online with the chance of making
thousands of dollars to some willing eclipse fanatic.
But no, Marco had other plans.
He simply wanted to take it school and share it with his
teachers and classmates.
After all, what could be better than an eclipse egg for