Gaining Daylight

     I stepped out of work the other night and noticed something unusual: There was still light in the sky. I checked my watch. It was 5:02 p.m.
     The length of daylight is slowly increasing, and I say bring it on. We’re fully capable of functioning in the dark, but I think something deep in our psyches desires light. It’s good to see it coming back.
      Of course, this change didn’t happen overnight. We’ve been gaining light since the Winter Solstice on Dec. 21. We’ve now gained about three minutes in the morning and about 30 minutes in the evening, says my astronomer friend Bob King. There’s a reason we gain more time in the evening than in the morning, but it’s too hard for me to explain, so we’ll just accept it and move on.
       We’re gaining daylight hours slowly now, but we’ll pick up speed as we approach the Vernal Equinox on March 20. That’s the day that daylight and darkness are each 12 hours long. Then we’ll keep adding light daily until the Summer Solstice on June 21.
        For me, it’s not just the practical matter of having more light that’s so appealing. The light seems to buoy my spirit. I feel more optimistic. I feel as if I’m able to think bigger thoughts and dream bigger dreams, if that makes any sense. By mid-June, almost anything seems possible.

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  1. Kay Syvrud

    I noticed more light in the late afternoon a couple of days ago also! I know that by the 3rd week of January, it will happen, but when it does it is such a thrill! I watch the sun move from its position far to the SW in December to its “middle of the horizon” place in March and finally its far-northwest setting in June. I love the lighter days!

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