One of those days

16 Nov

The coming of winter in England was recently described to me as “the darkening of days.”  That’s a phrase to strike fear in to anyone’s heart.  Much less someone like me, who grew up reading spooky and magical stories like the Dark is Rising series.  And Edgar Allan Poe.  And Stephen King.  And Shelley, and Lovecraft, and … you get the idea.  The darkening of days — what could be next?  Frozen moors, wild white chases under the moonlight, bright blood spilled on the snow?

I get carried away, sometimes.

This morning was the first I truly felt the reality of those dark days.  At 7am it was still grim and dark outside, the thermometer had dipped below 40F, and I had to rouse the kids from bed for school.  (This never happens.  My kids are the ones who wake up at 5am, ready to go, every.damn.day.)  The sky was still grim as we walked in to school and the wind nipped and bit at our ears and fingers.  Winter.  I get it.

It was one of those morning where only the routine we’ve been developing over the past several weeks got us going and out the door.  The bright splash of my Christmas Cactus in the window at dawn helped.

Dark days worry me.  I recently read Dark Matters by Michelle Paver and recommend it to anyone who likes the pants scared not just off them, but right out of the house, down the street, and hiding in a church.  We throw our fears in to the dark, and who knows what might come out?

I’m getting carried away again.  See what I mean?

Have a coffee, snuggle up with a book, and get ready for the dark.  See you tomorrow.

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5 Responses to “One of those days”

  1. Ruth November 16, 2011 at 2:56 pm #

    This post makes me so glad to live in the tropics. I get depressed when a storm goes through and we have no sun for three days. Stay warm!

  2. Zazzy November 16, 2011 at 3:46 pm #

    Daylight savings time has recently ended so it’s getting dark here at 5:00. I’m forcibly reminding myself that in only a month the days will start to lengthen again. Dark Matter sounds interesting – I’m always looking for new books. Bah – the Kindle edition is not available in the US.

    • Monique November 17, 2011 at 9:14 pm #

      Oh, nuts that it isn’t on Kindle! I picked it up at a local bookshop — one of my rare non-Kindle books — totally worth it.

  3. Cynthia November 16, 2011 at 5:31 pm #

    At the worst, it’ll be better than further north… I do recall days that had 6 hours of light available, generally about 10 am – 4 pm, when there was sunlight to be had anyway. I recommend bright lights in the morning, cheerful and bright plants and decorations, and attempting to ignore the gray skies. And then if & when you get bright winter sunshine, drop everything to get out & enjoy it – and make sure to take pictures, as they’ll be spectacular (though you may freeze your fingers)!

    • Monique November 17, 2011 at 9:15 pm #

      I am hoping to live without the happy lights, but am going to monitor my spirits closely. Today made a liar out of the grim weather the day before — sunny and warm! I can’t keep up with the seasons, here.

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