As I wrote this, we were about to switch from Daylight Saving Time to Standard Time.
One day our sunset was at 6:02 PM.
The next evening it set at 5:01 PM.
Now you might say that change can be invigorating. And I would agree.
But this change in sunset abruptly upsets my sense of a day. In my mind, the afternoon has been shut down early; too early!
I love daylight hours, especially sunny ones. So I miss that “lost” hour. But also my body reacts to darkness with sleepiness. So when darkness starts at 5 PM I ‘m getting sleepy before 7 PM!
The deep and dark evening has been lengthened.
So I ask, is it possible this reduction in daylight is necessary? Could it be that a respite is needed?
Maybe all of nature is tired.
The trees have been busy transforming sunlight and water into growth and green leaves.
The buzzy bees worked through the summer flying from blossom to blossom.
And what about us? Do we need a rest? (Maybe from all the yard work!)
Could it be that the extra hours of darkness are also intended to give us a rest?
I ponder that thought and wonder about the trees as they rest, leafless in the dark freezer outside…