had to step outside the other night. It was a magical experience.
that might be overselling it a bit. (Just a bit.) But you need
to understand the entire scenario. It was around 10pm. Dark out.
But thatís just itÖ because it wasnít. Even overcast, the full
moon was making attempts at pushing a bit of light through the
clouds. And with a layer of snow on the ground, the wonderful
result was you could see everything.
if you step outside at night, even with clear skies and a full
moon overhead, there will be corners of darkness and shadows hiding
necessarily something sinister. In this scene, we are considering
playfully lurking. Not trying to set the stage of a horror story.
So, think of a deer, or some other character not presenting much
of a threat. Maybe some tools you brought out to the garden, forgot
to bring in, waiting to be discovered and eventually returned
to their proper place. Ok?)
the snow reflects the moonlight a bit, spreading some light while
also creating a better visual background.
there, on that night, I could see. Walked all the way to the car
and back to the house. Never turned on a flashlight. Never was
concerned about surprising a visitor in the yard.
cute visitor but potentially unwelcome visitor. Say a skunk. You
donít want to surprise a skunk in your yard.)
also happened to be one of those nights that felt warmer than
the thermostat was reporting. No wind either. It was a comfortable
and mostly silent experience.
was the last time you smacked right into something in your home?
Corner of a coffee table happens to us, even in the best of light.
But then, in the middle of the night, not wanting to turn on lights,
we set off thinking we can navigate our path. Three steps to the
entry of the room, turn left down the hall, five steps andÖ andÖ
and weíre usually off before we even get to the edge of the room
and I have a few nightlights scattered around the house. Originally,
we put them out when guests came to visit. You get the ideaÖ people
that arenít sure where the doorways and light switches and more
are placed. Offers an easy way to get around an unfamiliar house
in the middle of the night. Over time we just got used to having
them on so we never turned them off. And so, at 3am, we can move
about a bit without the assistance of lights.
become a big fan of skylights. Never had one in any other place
where Iíve lived. And the light it creates on a sunny day is amazing.
But the really stunning and unexpected part for me was the full
moon crashing into the house. Sets off a wonderful glow down a
few warmer and sunny days are expected over the next week. Nothing
amazingly warm, but enough to melt the snow we have. The world
will disappear for a few hours as the night takes over and the
shadows extend their reach.
storms are comingÖ more snow. Days are getting longerÖ more sunlight.
donít always find myself on one particular side in most battles.
This isnít Coke against Pepsi, where the only correct answer is
Coke. (Obviously.) Itís essentially blankets of darkness and blankets
of light for the overnight. Blankets in general can be comforting.
On this particular winterís evening though, it was a pleasant
surprise to enjoy the views.