The end of Daylight Savings Time is one of the dreariest occurences of the year, for me. Now, I’ve never really been one whose mood depended on the amount of sunlight in their lives, or having seasonal affective disorder. But there is a certain despair (or malaise if I’m being all haughty taughty about it) to the creeping darkness. Reflective of getting older, the earth going to pot, and the universe collapsing or some such nonsense. And when Daylight Savings Time ends, the darkness gets shoved in my face, rather than the slow creeping along.
It’s probably because, for the most part, I don’t care how dark it is in the morning. Yes, by 8:00 it should be light enough to see, but other than that, it can be pitch black when I wake up, and I don’t really care. But when sundown occurs at 5:30, that’s a time of the day that I enjoy. Once the sun goes down, even during this season, you get the feeling that the day is over, you should be inside, warm, and eat something before getting ready for bed.
Usually this despair continues for most of November. The initial excitement of the footall season is over. I’m not quite in Chili or Soup or Hot Cocoa mode yet. It’s gone quickly from warm non jacket weather to heavy winter coat weather, skipping jean jacket and windbreaker season alltogether. If you’re used to going for a walk, working outside, or playing football/golf/ultimate frisbee/calvinball til the wee hours, that goes away unless you have high-powered lights.
By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, I’m used to it. And the warmth of the Holiday Cheer has set in (before I’ve gotten sick of it in mid-December), the promise of getting together with family is upon us (before the reality of family relations is revealed), and the fun of gift giving (before the stress of mall shopping) and the excitement of gift receiving (before realizing no one really knows what you want). And then everything is normal again.
Oh, nothing to do with anything else…. I just saw this at the Comics I Don’t Understand blog, and this is just tooooooo funny….