Good Day, God!
I’m really a night owl, God. So I love it when I wake up in the dark. Ah! It is still night — I haven’t missed it.
Waking up after the sun is up just doesn’t feel right. And, because my husband Kit really is a morning lark, mostly I do wake up when it is still night time.
Finally I noticed that even when the days start getting longer, the sun is still rising later. Now, with the Star Walk app on my iPhone I have the exact figures.
On December 19, 2011, the day was 10 hours and 49 minutes long and the sun rose at 7:02 a.m. The day stayed the same length until December 26 when it lengthened by one minute to 10:50. But, meanwhile the sun was rising at 7:04, 7:05 and on December 26 at 7:06. In other words, while the days were getting longer, the sun was rising later. By January 7th the sun was rising at 7:10 and it will continue to rise at that time until January 26th when it will rise at 7:09, beginning a progression of earlier rises.
What that all means is that in January, I pretty much walk in the dark — dark enough that I wear white. And I love it. I love watching the Light slowly fill the sky — coloring the clouds — and waking the birds. It’s a surprising, simple joy.
Hmm. Maybe the best part is that I actually noticed and investigated this prolonged period (19 days) where the sun rises at exactly the same time. Noticing means my brain isn’t filled to overflowing with To Do List activities — and worse yet, Must Do activities! I’m smiling, God. I’m retired and I’m thankful!