1.08.2008

Sunny Delight


So ... in case you were wondering ... "light deprivation syndrome" is a real disease indeed. Like homework allergies and chocolate dependence.

Only real-er.

I grew up in Utah and lived 4 years in Maryland and I survived weeks on end with nothing but gray to look at. I have now lived in Arizona for over 27 years. Somewhere after the first ten, I developed an absolute dependency on clear sunny skies. This has nothing to do with the temperature mind you ... even at 110, I prefer my skies blue.

I am not unaware that we are in the middle of a drought. I have prayed for rain with the rest of our fair state. I have recognized the blessings we have received over the last month when gray skies and flooded streets have abounded. As usual, when the rains first arrive, I feel all warm and fuzzy in my sweaters with a fire in the fireplace. There is nothing like rain to bring out the need to read and sew. And for a day or so, I revel in it until ...

... until I think I will be unbearably sad or stark-raving crazy ... whichever comes first.

I am not entirely aware of this at the time. I just feel blue and I try to shake it off. I don't truly appreciate the depth of my dependence until I wake up one morning (a morning like this morning) and I see the sun in all its glory. And I want to cry out of relief and happiness or run outside and dance in it.

Whichever comes first.

So ... I cannot tell a lie. I know we need the rain, but I am thankful ... no, truly and deeply grateful ... for the sun.

And chocolate.

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6 comments:

steph said...

omg. me too!

seriously, i woke up to the sun pouring in the window this morning! i was so startled at first b/c my alarm hadn't gone off, and with the recent grey skies, i've been sleeping in for hours extra daily!

not today though! after the brief startling, i wondered, "why is the light on?!" then i opened my tired eyes and smiled in delight!

even though i'm dependent on the sun, i'm moving northeast... i better get used to the grey skies!

steph said...

or is it gray and gray?

oh, i'll let someone correct me if i'm wrong... no time for dictionary.com today.

Mrs. Dub said...

yeah, imagine if you were basically raised in the sun and then sent to live in dreary (even rainier than portland) chicago? major bummer.

i send my warning to those considering new york as the gray factor is equally intense, though the city might make up for it.

Angy said...

amen sista.

Glamma Fabulous aka Kelley Smith said...

ditto my friend.

mr. underhill said...

In order to recreate aforementioned sun, I will be treking to IKEA to purchase several lamps. And with said lamps I will attach them to some sort of cart for L to drag around with her. I know this isn't the same thing as the original but it will have to do until we can make our way out there for good. Oh and does watching Telly Tubbies with that %$&#* baby/sun count for sun exposure?