While seated in a room dedicated to the sun, I gaze upon the golden hues gleaming through the barren trees. The sun is on the move, rising steadily about the tree line. For now, only light glimmers beyond the marsh, but soon a brilliant globe of yellow will illuminate this day.
The rain has descended and engulfed upon this landscape for the last few days, so a reprieve of sunlight is a welcomed sight. Who doesn't love sunshine and warmth? It's a magical mood enhancer, readying us for fun, frolic, and marvel.
In my youth, the sun was the backdrop for hot summer days at the lake. Kissing my pale skin, it gifted me with a bronzed coating. Hours were spent under its glow. Extended days gave me time for playing, swimming, riding, and bathing in its warmth. I miss those uninhibited activities the sun allowed us to experience under the safety of its light.
During early adulthood, time was passed under fluorescent lighting. The sun was missed, especially during the long and cold, winter months. Beckoning me south, I found the ever-present sun shining forth on a Florida beach. Engaging in long walks upon its rising and marveling at its beauty upon its descent, appreciation for the sun grew. Memories shared with my parents, especially my Dad, at the water's edge, became more cherished upon his passing. Return trips to worship this star, brought hope for the reality of a never-ending Light.
Experiencing the rising and falling of the sun has become a ritual. After long days or even months with little signs of bright sunlight, it returns giving warmth to newly budded trees and grounded flowers rising above the soil. Sunlight is synonymous with new beginnings and fresh starts, as it begins again each day lighting our pathways. The sun shows us how we too can light the world. Like the sun, even though our light may be dimmed, it is always there.
Susan J. McFarland
May 4, 2019