Then Along Came The Dawn

It’s always darkest before the dawn, or at least that’s what everyone says. But no one ever asks why is it always darkest before the dawn, until now, or last night to get technical. And he asked the question as if he expected me to answer it. So I did.

“Because it’s still night.” And that’s when I knew he wasn’t the guy for me. It’s always odd little moments like this that let me know someone isn’t right for me. Some people might think I am overly picky, but if a man truly doesn’t know why it’s darkest before dawn, he is not the man for me.

This is not to say, the men I date should be Rhodes scholars, but they need to possess the logic and deductive reasoning skills to be able to deduce why it is always darkest before dawn. The first clue should be the absence of light which is the definition of darkness and of course, darkness is central to the definition of night. Dawn signals the end of night and is defined by the gradual increasing of visible light. Therefore it follows that in the time span of just before dawn to sometime after dawn, the period of time just before dawn will be the darkest and that time just before dawn is commonly referred to as night.

So as I sit here in the post dawn brightness of day, knowing that the sun has set on one potential relationship, I’m left to ponder what I should pack for a three day escape to a city that doesn’t care if it is day or night and clocks are hard to find.

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20 thoughts on “Then Along Came The Dawn

  1. Was it the question that turned you off, or was there an answer from him after your answer?
    You should probably pack a bathing suit and a sarong. And comfortable shoes.
    And sunscreen.

  2. Because you enjoy logic … If darkness is the central definition of night, and darkness is the absence of light, how can we see at night? Better yet, if darkness is the absence of light, how can night have different levels of no light?

    • Ok – without cheating by googling, I think the ability to see in the dark has to do with the number of rods and cones in the eyes. Cats can see better in darkness because they have more rods and cones. In saying that darkness is central to the definition of night and darkness is the absence of light, the degree of darkness, i.e., total dark versus very dark or a little dark is relative to the amount of available light (starlight, moonlight, electronic light from the LEDs on clocks, DVRs or other electronic devices) and as available light decrease, darkness becomes more absolute or total. Darkness like just about everything is relative.

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