December 21st, 2005

Tip of the Hat

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It's December 21. The winter solstice; the shortest day and longest night of the year. Shadows from the trees and buildings keep some of the night's darkness in the day and the moon, candles, hearth fires, and our electric lights keep light in the long night's darkness. Dichotomy remains.

Hmm, while I just started writing and the above is what came out, it now reminds me of a fantasy story I had thought that I might write after my first novel. Well, the first one never got written, if that give you a clue as to how much of the one I'm being reminded of is down on paper. If I did start writing that story the above paragraph would be a great opening for it. Ah but in today's digression I don't want to go in that direction.

Right now I'm a bit anxious. In a few hours, I'll be doing something I'd rather not do and seeing someone I would rather not see. Hmm, I guess in a figurative sense I'll be looking for ... no, let's change that to present tense. I am looking for the light in the darkness now despite my sitting next to a large window from which sunlight is streaming into this room making my feeble electric lights needless at the moment.

I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that the Peter, Paul, and Mary song "Don't let the light go out" just popped into my head. I almost typed the word unbidden at the end of the last sentence. Considering what I've been writing, maybe that song wasn't so unbidden.