Monday, November 2, 2009

The Dark Time

Oh, how I dislike the time change! Here it is, not even dinner time, and already black as midnight outside. Of course it's nice to have some light earlier in the morning, but is it worth these dark evenings?

The fact is, that no matter how you manipulate the clock, the days are getting shorter on both ends. The northern hemisphere is tilting away from the sun, and we can't deal with it. Is that because as a species we got our start on the equatorial plains of Africa, and our DNA is addicted to twelve hours of sunlight all year round?

I have lived right smack on the equator (in Ecuador), and sure, the unvarying daylight was nice, but it felt kind of flat somehow. Dry season, rainy season—how can that compare with the drama in four acts that is life in our latitudes? The year goes out in a blaze of glory, followed by starkness and death, followed by birth and hope.

Ours is a bipolar climate, and many of us become bipolar right along with it. But I wouldn't dream of trading it for the boring placidity of places where the sun always shines, the leaves are always green, and the birds sing the same songs every blessed day.

4 comments :

  1. I don't like the time change either, but I could do with some of that last paragraph.

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  2. i wouldn't mind shorter winters, but i don't want to get rid of winter entirely.

    i love having it light in the mornings again, even though it won't last very long. we dont' need flashlights when we walk the boys before work. but after work. ... oh boy. cold, dark, dark dark.

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  3. Thanks for the reminder of the good parts.

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