I woke up today to discover that the sun was standing still. The sun does this standing still thing a couple of times a year. It’s called a solstice which means sun standing still in Latin. Today is the winter solstice and it is the first day of winter. The shortest day of the year, though not really, because every day has 24 hours, but today is the day with the fewest daylight hours. Unless you live in the southern hemisphere, then today is the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. Everything is backwards there or upside down.
Upside down makes more sense. Who decided that that north was up and south was down? If an alien spaceship was approaching the planet would it think the north pole was on top of the planet? Is there an up and down space? I don’t know the answers to these questions, but I suspect that we think of the north pole on top of the planet because the early astronomers lived in the northern hemisphere so they figured they were on the upper part of the planet.
Back to this being the first day of winter. It’s more like spring or fall here today. I think the high will be near 80 which is fine by me because I like wearing sandals or flip flops or slaps or go-aheads or thongs depending on what part of the country you call home. That’s a lot of names for cheap rubber shoes. We always called them flip flops when I was growing up. I mostly still do. Flip flops seem to be the most accurate name because they make a flopping sound against your feet when you walk and if you’re not careful and catch the edge of the shoe on something, you’ll flip over. I’m sure that’s why they are called flip flops.
I gave my friend some flip flop coasters for wine glasses and we took them on our camping trip. We never used them as our wine glasses weren’t sweating and mostly we had to hold our glasses as we sat around the campfire. No place to set them down except in the dirt. But they are still cute and she has a pool, so they should come in handy when she is lounging about the pool when it gets warmer.
I have to cut this short because I’m off to meet a friend for a movie and I didn’t know where this was heading, so I’m out of things to say. So happy winter’s solstice or summer solstice, again depending on where you reside.
Well, if it makes you feel better, I think it only made it to 79 today.
Enjoy the movie and a Happy Solstice to u as well Sandy 🙂
Now I’m wondering if I’m standing up or down. How would an alien spaceship map out our planet?
North may very well be south and up might be down, but Scratchy will always land on his feet.
And this is where my countdown starts: First day of spring is 20 March, 2012.
90 days to go. Plenty of time to iron my hawaiian shirt.
I hate ironing. I’d wait until March 19th to iron that shirt.