Ten hours of Sunlight

Happy first day of spring!  This post is from a few years back but I love to repost it around daylight savings or the First of Spring just as a reminder to myself that longer days are coming.

I check the weather report every morning, as most people do I suppose; as I’m drinking my coffee and deciding what I’ll wear for the day. It has become part of my morning ritual – once the weather and traffic report are shown I turn the TV off and go about my day. One of the interesting things about our local weather guy is, in addition to weather and tidal information (very important this time of year in CA) he gives a little bit of extra information, sometimes to do with Astronomical events happening like a meteor shower or what planets are really visible, sometimes it’s a tidbit about Baseball – mostly little league because that’s what his kids play, and sometimes if you catch it at the right time he will tell you how many hours of sunlight are in the day. As a person with night blindness, I tell you, watching the number go down as we head into the deepest dark of winter makes me cringe. I start to think about all of the things that won’t get done because I’ll be rushing home just barely making it before full dark sets in, and many days I pray my way through the traffic disasters, wondering if today will be the day I get stuck behind one and have to white knuckle it all the way to the house. This morning though we hit a new high, a little more than 10 hours of daylight! 10 hours I decided I could work with. I’m noticing that the sky is pink toward the beginning of my drive to work and the morning star is harder and harder to find these days. And – I actually have at least an hour of light (not full mind you – but light just the same) after I get home, giving me time to move out to my garden and pull a few weeds or turn soil before I can’t see what I’m doing anymore. Even though we’re still bitterly cold, and spring is a long way off, for a few minutes each afternoon I have a small reprieve in my back yard and a feeling of wellbeing takes over – I have made it through another dark winter, sigh, I can breathe again when I drive back and forth to work, deeper sigh, and soon, I’ll be able to start working in all of the things I’ve missed out on during the long dark nights. 10 hours of sunlight – doesn’t seem like a lot but to me it is the tipping point to spring even more so than the mark on the calendar designating that day.

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