We passed the Winter Solstice mark Sunday here in the Northern Hemisphere, officially moving into the fourth season, the coldest season. The darkest season.
We are gaining light. That corner is always turned on the solstice, designating the day when the tilt of the earth begins to move us more prominently toward the sun for longer and longer each 24-hour period. And so us northerners rejoice, our spirits lifted, our hearts lightened, our hope renewed again.
That corner, though, is long, my friends.
Not to be a wet blanket or anything.
That sight above greeted Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle and I from the Big Bedroom of our beloved Little Bitty in the Syracuse city neighborhood of Eastwood at precisely 7:23 a.m. as my dear wife Karen drank coffee in the living room and began her mental preparation for work readiness.
It did not look nearly as daunting three minutes later as Ellie B aka Dogamous Pyle took the short flight down the porch steps to her backyard morning preparedness routine.
According to the big daily this morning, the official sunrise in Syracuse came at 7:34 a.m. The sun will set at 4:33 p.m.
Using the back page of Section B, the sports section, of my home delivered copy of today’s Post-Standard because that’s the way I roll, we see that by next Monday, the sun will rise here at 7:36 a.m. — two minutes later — and set 4:37 p.m.
Net gain, two minutes of daylight.
Are you feeling the boost of more daylight yet? What time is the sun rising and setting where you live? What time do you like to get up in the morning?