As if to make up for it's December shortcomings, Mother Nature has offered us a sunnier January. That the amount of daylight is creeping upward by a few minutes each week certainly helps. The older I get, the more I feel the power of natural light and the outdoors. Some years ago, I realized that right around February 1st there is enough light after supper for a walk outside to enjoy the sunset. I'm aiming for that date now and I know that it's coming, just as surely as I know the sun will set at 4:59 this evening.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Between the coming of winter solstice and the grey, cloudy weather, December was a dark and gloomy month around these parts. On more than one occasion, I found myself standing in the front window of my house looking at the holiday lights at 4 pm and longing for sunlight instead. I wanted extra light so much that I looked up sunrise and sunset times for the next few months and wrote a few on my calendar, mostly to remind myself that the darkness wouldn't last forever.