If you’re in Denmark right now, you’ll know that we’re coming up on the year’s longest day this week. June 21. You know it because it starts getting light at 4 in the morning, and the sun doesn’t go down until 10:30 or 11 at night and then you’re up again at 4 in the morning. In between it never gets really dark, just like in December it never gets very light.
During the dark times, I know that I wait and wait for the light times to come. Sometimes I count – only 3 more months until the light times! Only 6 more weeks to the light times!
When the light times do get here, they’re actually kind of annoying. Sure, it’s great to have some sun, and I love those long summer evenings, and the green trees, and the wildflowers. But with all that light, it’s kind of difficult to sleep.
Everyone I know has blackout curtains and wears sleep masks. They don’t always work, though, particularly when it’s hot, and people start to get a bit crabby after a few weeks of limited sleep. The fact that it’s light until 11pm is great on a Saturday night, but not so great on a Tuesday, when you have a 9am meeting the next day.
Image mashup copyright Kay Xander Mellish 2021