The first day of winter

Today, say the folks who know how to calculate these things, the winter solstice will occur at 3:48 p.m. in the Central Standard Time, where I live. This is the shortest day of the year in terms of sunlight.

The only good thing about the first day of winter is that, slowly but surely, the days grow longer from now on. We won’t notice it for a while because it will be so cold and snowy and miserable, but then one afternoon we’ll pass a clock that says 5:30 and the sun will still be shining, and we’ll realize that the extra light is the first sign of spring.

Mom always used to say if you don’t have anything good to say, don’t say anything. I want the record to show that I was able to think of one good thing to say about winter.

However, in deference to my dear late mother, that’s all I have to say about today’s subject.

Published by WarrenBluhm

Wordsmith and podcaster, Warren is a reporter, editor and storyteller who lives near the shores of Green Bay with his wife, two golden retrievers, Dejah and Summer, and Blackberry, an insistent cat. Author of It's Going to Be All Right, Echoes of Freedom Past, Full, Refuse to be Afraid, Gladness is Infectious, 24 flashes, How to Play a Blue Guitar, Myke Phoenix: The Complete Novelettes, A Bridge at Crossroads, The Imaginary Bomb, A Scream of Consciousness, and The Imaginary Revolution.

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