Do you ever get the feeling, you’d like things to stay just as they are, thank you very much? I had to chuckle when I got this recent New Yorker in the mail, because that’s kind of how I was feeling that day. And of course, when you’re feeling that way, watch out. Change is coming.

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Oh Daylight Savings, I am not your fan. Here in Alaska, the phenomenon seems to make little sense. Our summer days are so long anyway, and then in winter, we fall back an hour all at once when we’re already losing many minutes of light a day. It just seems cruel. It’s 4 p.m. right now and looking rather dim and dreary.

4 p.m. Fog.

The other morning, I realized I’d probably have to change my daily schedule. I can’t keep going for walks right after I drop off the kids because it will be dark. I wasn’t even considering the time change. (I should have–because for the next few weeks it will actually be lighter in the morning).

Just last week, I got to see the sunrise as I approached the beach.

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Then, a couple days later, I was the only one out walking in the morning. Who knows why?

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The beach had transformed, and for once, my tracks were the first ones to appear.

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When I catch myself mourning the loss of light, I quickly remember that we only have two months now until the solstice, and then the days will start to get longer again. I might as well enjoy the darkness as a time to bring my focus to things close to home. I got up this morning and started to address the bounty of vegetables from our produce box that were beginning to look a little sad. Now we have soup bubbling, and I have an evening of knitting ahead of me. Let the darkness come!

Darkness Falls (Or, Plus ça change…)

4 thoughts on “Darkness Falls (Or, Plus ça change…)

  • November 7, 2011 at 10:16 am
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    I too have a problem with the dark and fell very depressed during this time of year. I’m in N.H. which can’t compare to where you are. But…I just bought a seasonal light to sit by for a half an hour every day. After 5 days I’m feeling much better. It is working. It’s the best $40.00 I’ve spent in a long time.

  • November 7, 2011 at 11:45 am
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    That’s great! I think a lot of people here use those lights. I don’t have one. New Hampshire is beautiful, and I think actually you get a much more harsh winter than we do on the Alaskan coast. We very rarely get sub-freezing temperatures. I’ve never been to the Alaskan interior. Now that’s cold!

  • February 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm
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    Hello, i can commiserate with your views on the dark. I am here in Yukon and grapple with dark winters and light summers(love em). We were in juneau this summer(relatives there).such good food and drink there! Love your blog, i knit and crochet too and can attest to it’s therapeutic qualities. Sandra

  • February 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm
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    Thanks, Sandra! I hope you’re having a nice winter, especially since the days are getting longer.

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