On Longer Days

We know, from the days that we’re very small, that the length of day, from sunrise to sunset, grows and shrinks as time passes.

In summer we have long days. In winter we have short days. The length of a day may change by a minute, two at most, from day to day, an imperceptible change. No, we notice that we finish dinner after the sun has gone down, or the morning alarm clock goes off during sunlight hours. It’s a sudden thing; the creeping length (or lack thereof) passes us by, until something happens and we notice.

Today, I noticed longer days.

I left the office, at my usual hour, quarter to six.

And I noticed that the sky was dark, yes, but there was also twilight in the west.

Only a week ago did I step from the office building into total darkness.

It was a nigh imperceptible thing, the slightly longer day.

I smiled. Soon, spring will be here. Men will be playing baseball in Arizona and Florida. The flowers will begin to bloom, the trees will bud and leaf.

I’ll leave the building every night from now on in twilight, until a day when, suddenly, to my surprise, I’m leaving on the cusp of sunset.

Longer days. 🙂

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

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