-4 bar steady 30.28 0mph SW windchill -4 Samhain
Waning Gibbous Moon of Long Nights
I have a run of almost 3 weeks with no outside obligations. This is a time of the year, even when I worked for the Presbytery, that I would stay home, take up a research project or a book I’d wanted to really absorb. This habit probably started during the Presbytery time because no congregational folk wanted to talk to judicatory people during the Christmas holidays and immediately afterward. Which was fine with me.
Right now it’s quiet. It has been dark since about 4:30 PM. The long nights have begun to swell and take over the rhythm of the day. This means more silence, more time to enjoy the darkness of mid-winter. This is a time of year and a natural cycle that draws us all inward. This inward pull pushes some of us to string up lights, go to multiple parties, perhaps drink to excess, spend money beyond our means. We’ll wake up sometime in the new year, ought 9 in this case, with a hangover wondering how the season got so out of hand.
The season can be filled with holy nights, silent nights. Starred filled and wonder saturated nights. It matters how we come to the season.
Instead of driving in to the Sierra Club meeting tonight I chose to participate by phone, as did all but two of the other legislative committee members. By the time I got done with my workout and shower, a lassitude crept over me, borne of the tensions and aches of the last couple of days. If I had driven in, as it turned out, my trip would have taken twice the time of the meeting. Not very efficient.
My original reason for driving in, to match peoples faces with names, would have been thwarted, too.
As it was, I was on the phone for 45 minutes, took notes, then hung up and went upstairs to read the Story of Edgar Sawtelle. Without the long drive it felt like I’d cheated.