Monday 20th June 2016, The Summer Solstice. Today is the longest day of the year, 17 hours of none stop daylight, it started off rather cloudy and not looking much like a summers day but it sure has ended on a high with beautiful summer sun spreading wide and far across the horizon.
Tomorrow and every day that follows until the winter solstice, the days will slowly start getting shorter, only by a minute or so every day, but that’s seven minutes a week and 30 minutes over a month, every minute counts when you are six and waiting for it to be safe outside.
We still have a long summer ahead of us, six long weeks of the school holidays trying to entertain both Eddie and Livvy without going outdoors during daylight hours. But it sure does feel good to know we are here at the turning point, things can only get better from here.
Before we started living with xeroderma pigmentosum I never paid a great deal of attention to the summer solstice nor the winter one for that matter. It’s amazing how quickly things can change and how important and significant one date can become in our yearly calendar. It’s found its place on our calendar and it will stay there for many years to come, the count down to our turning point every year, the summer solstice.