GRATEFUL GIRL'S THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
Have you ever seen the episode of "How I Met Your Mother" where Marshall takes Robin to a Minnesota-themed pub that reminds her of Canada because she's homesick in NYC? The regulars end up making fun of Canadians (not knowing Robin is one) by insinuating that our neighbors to the north are all afraid of the dark. Robin ends up defending her countrymen and women by stating, "We're not AFRAID of the dark. We don't love it; but who does?"
Only, I have to admit that I not only immensely dislike the dark but also, it scares me a wee bit, as well. Especially when you're camping. And you're the only one awake at 1AM. And it's a new moon. And you're in the middle of the woods...near a correctional facility. And you hear something outside that may be a deer...or a large raccoon...or Jason from 'Friday the 13th.' I digress.
It's not just the absolute absence of light that I can't stand; it's when it's not bright, period. I hate overcast days. I hate when there's a light bulb out and the kitchen is dim. I hate when someone pulls back the blinds to "let the natural light in" and refuses to use the electricity poor Ben Franklin nearly bought the farm inventing. I am fairly despondent during the post-Christmas winter solstice period when it is dark more than light. #sorrynotsorry
I like it bright, okay? The sunnier and more well-lit, the better. If that means harsh, artificial lighting, so be it. If it means enduring the hum of flourescent bulbs, fine. If it means spending a little more on 1500 watt halogens that could light up a football field, i'll spend it 'cause I need 'em in my family room, Capisce?
It's like my old boyfriend's Dad used to always say when he was encouraging a curfew: "Why do you want to be out so late anyway? Nothing good ever happens in the dark." That's right, Diamond Jim. I'll take light over the dark of night every day of the week and twice on Sunday, thank you very much.
And it's not because I'm afraid of the dark, OK? Although, I AM half tempted to check with Ancestry.com to see if I'm part Canadian...
Gospel Jn 3:16-21-God so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him will not be condemned, but whoever does not believe has already been condemned, because he has not believed in the name of the only-begotten Son of God...But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.