Happy Solstice

Where I am, it is now the winter solstice.

In the southern hemisphere, it is now the summer solstice.

Okay, I have to say this is a hard concept for me to wrap my brain around and I know that it’s probably got to do with the fact that I’ve been in the northern hemisphere not only all my life, but the lives of my family for generation. We hail from Viking heritage with some Scottish and German thrown in, so I don’t know if anyone ever got even close to the equator, let alone the southern hemisphere. I personally have been in southern California twice in my life and that is as far south as I’ve gone.

So, for me to sit here and think that it’s December and the shortest day of the year (Wake up, Sun! Wake up!) is very difficult knowing that half of the planet (approximately) is having their longest day of the year. It was easier for me to accept that they are having summer. Okay, that makes sense. But all of our calendars read “December.” December is cold and blustery. January no better. But these are warm months for the southern part of the planet. No way, dude!

I think the Vikings should have kept going south. Man, how would my life be different if they had.

Someday, I should like to think that I would “winter” in New Zealand or Australia, and so it would be summer there. Then I could just experience summer all year around. That sounds like fun to me. How about you?

Until next time, happy adventuring!

Oh, and, wake up, Sun! Wake up!