Only a month out from Christmas, and already the slow turn of the earth toward the sun has yielded more daylight. Commuters can now feel less like moles in a tunnel when they dash to catch the outbound 5:10 train. Children can stay out a little longer before the supper call. Older folks are less intimidated driving. The march to spring can now begin in earnest.
All of these thoughts and others crammed my mind as I observed the ordered steadiness of nature and caught in conversations the yearnings of people tired by now of long nights. We should recall that darkness, like most realities in life, has two sides. True, darkness is an enabler of crime and sinister behavior by us creatures with free will. But it is also the necessary backdrop of the stars. It hides the color of flowers for a time, but it reveals the glow of candles.