Today we (or at least those in the Northern Hemisphere) will get to enjoy an additional 3 seconds of daylight. And it just keeps getting better with every passing day! Well, at least until the next Solstice.
Most of us are probably rushing around trying to get all those last-minute things ready for Christmas, so the Solstice usually gets overlooked by most of the population. Busybusybusybusybusy. And I can relate. But wouldn't it be nice to be able to recognize the truly awesome celestial phenomenon that brings more light into our life?
I simply lit a few candles as a physical symbol to welcome the in the longer days. Lucky for you, and any unsuspecting and unlucky passerby, my days of dancing naked under the cloak of night during the Solar Holidays are a distant memory (imagine what a train-wreck of a blog post that would have been!) But I also spent some time enjoying the warm day yesterday by cleaning out both chicken coops. Enjoying cleaning out chicken coops, you say? Surely you're joking (no, I'm not.....and stop calling me Shirley)! And what does shoveling chicken crap have to do with the Solstice? Hang with me for just a sec, k?
But I did enjoy it. You know why? Because I took the time to recognize and enjoy the simple fact that the sun was shining, the weather was warm(ish) and my daughter was helping me with the farm chores. Yeah, it took about twice the amount of time it would have if I had just done it myself, I had to wipe mud off Rhiannon's person more times than I can remember, the chickens were unduly harassed by same mud-covered toddler and the chicken food ended up everywhere but in the feed pans.
But there was light. Not just from the few measly seconds of additional solar radiation, but from my daughter. Rhiannon was the light to brighten my day. And sometimes I forget about that.
So who brings light into your world?