Recently, Kaitlyn and I have formed a “Love-Hate” relationship with the closest star to our planet. There are a lot of wonderful things the sun does for us. For instance, we are starting to enjoy warmer temperatures. This past week, instead of turning on the lights in my room, I have just been pulling up the blinds and opening the windows to let the sun fill my room with light. It’s been so nice. In contrast, -30°F winters are just not that enjoyable. Because of these warmer temperatures, the snow has begun melting. Last year at this time the streets down town were flooded with 18 to 24 inches of water. Big pickup trucks were avoiding the waters because of its depths. This year, the snow is has been melting at a more constant rate, preventing big flood-like conditions on the roads. Nice. However, it seems to be melting pretty quickly all the same. Each day we are starting to see more and more dirt appear. We’ve definitely still got a lot of way to go. Because of the many storms this past winter we still have feet and feet of snowdrifts left to melt. For all of these reasons, we LOVE the sun. However, did you know the sun has a dark side?
Over the past few weeks the sun has begun to emerge from its winter slumber. We were without it for so long that we just got about our days unknowing that the sun is creeping up on us ever so gently. Then, one day, out of nowhere you realize that it’s 7:00 am and the sun is up in its full glory beaming into your window. That sun is tricky. Kaitlyn and I are very much creatures of habit. We get up at the same time, we leave school at the same time, and we go to bed at the same time. However, with the sun deciding to stay out later it unknowingly tricks us to do the same. We stay at school, a friends' house, or stay up later because that sun makes us think it’s earlier in the day. Now, you might be thinking, “Hey…this isn’t your first rodeo, you knew the sun was going to do this, shouldn’t you be happy?” To answer your hypothetical question, yes, we are happy and yes, we knew this was going to happen. That still doesn’t change the fact that it surprised us. We are fully aware that we live in the land of the “Midnight Sun”, but man does it sneak up you. I guess we’ll be going through this same change come October when we transition back from beautiful sun light to darkness.