Dark for Dark Business

Bilbo had less than half a mind to fetch the lamp, and more than half a mind to pretend to, and go and hide behind the beer-barrels in the cellar, and not come out again until all the dwarves had gone away.

“Where are you going?” said Thorin, in a tone that seemed to show that he guessed both halves of the hobbit’s mind.

“What about a little light?” said Bilbo apologetically.

“We like the dark,” said all the dwarves. “Dark for dark business!”

I know where the dwarves are coming from. “We like the dark too,” I say to no one, referring to myself in the plural. I don’t know what it is, but I’m far more comfortable with firelight than sunlight.

If I wake up and it’s one of those not-a-cloud-in-the-sky, bright-sunny-days that the television weatherperson goes on and on about with a smile, I feel deflated. Even if the sunny day is marked by a few happy passing cumulus clouds, I look up and think, “Ugh, how long will this go on?” The worst for me is that late afternoon, sun-getting-low, cloudless orange burn. This one takes me beyond mere deflation and drags me straight to outright irritated.

(Side thought: what’s the difference between “mostly sunny” and “partly cloudy” anyway?)

Oh, but when those storm clouds roll in? When they turn from fluffy white to deep steel? When they tumble and rumble? Oh, I feel light as a feather then. I look up and think, “Ahhh, how long will this go on!” secretly hoping the answer is “forever.”


In fact, I’ve begun to wonder if perhaps I don’t have a mild case of photophobia. In spite of the “phobia” suffix, this doesn’t mean fear. Phobia is also used to describe aversion or intolerance. Photophobia isn’t a disorder in and of itself, but a symptom of other diseases. Much like saying, “I have a cough” doesn’t point to any one malady.

I thought I’d whip up a couple pictures to demonstrate how I see the world. (I’m just assuming it’s different from everyone else. Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing up a whole blorg poast on it.)

Exhibit A: Driving into the sunset for normal people:

Exhibit B: Driving into the sunset for me:

Exhibit C: Car interior in sunlight for normal people:

Exhibit D: Car interior in sunlight for me:

So, Biz, how do you feel about bright lights and sunny days? 🙂

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