Wednesday, May 12

Enjoying a little light entertainment during the dark of the night – San Gabriel Valley Tribune

The lights surrounding my bedroom mirror wink at me at will.

Their will, not mine.

Unlike Daylight Saving Time, which requires remembering which date and time it begins and ends, my lights ask nothing of me. Unlike Daylight Saving, which gives and then takes away the light of our days, my lights appear in the darkest pitches of night, a time when I am often just going to bed, or already in bed and searching for sleep.

The slender strand of tiny white lights was originally intended for my fireplace mantle, but when Sara came to visit she draped them over Aunt Rose’s antique mirror. I loved the modern lights hugging the carved wooden curves of the old mirror. So I left them.

They had only been up about a week when I noticed them come on in the middle of the night. I assumed I had forgotten to turn them off but the soft light was so soothing I left them on. When I awoke in the morning, they were off. But they continued to come on at night, either ushering me to bed or singing me to sleep.

“George, is that you?” I asked my late husband.

“OK, if you come back tomorrow night, then I’ll know.”

The interesting thing about the lights is that they never come on when I am watching for them. They just appear, lighting up my night.

So just about the time I had given up waiting for them the next night, I felt their warmth.

It’s been three months now and I don’t even turn the lights on anymore. I know they will come on in their own time. Realistically, I know that the inexpensive string of lights should have needed new batteries by now, but I’m fine to eschew reality just this once.

I’ve always looked forward to the “spring forward” of Daylight Saving, giving the gift of more daylight. But this year, even as I greet each longer day, I will also look forward to the light of night.

A little magic is good for the soul.

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