Slice of Life: Happiness is Found in Light

Here we go!  It's time for the March Slice of Life Challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.  It will be a busy month of writing, commenting, and learning with this community.  This year I've decided to try to focus my writing around happiness.  Stop by today's link up to join the conversation or find some great reading.   

When you live in Ohio you get used to dull blue-gray skies, especially in the winter.  It's as if the sun has been hidden away while the wintery winds push through.  The dark starts early in the evening and stays until the morning is well underway.  When you live in Ohio,  you go to work in the dark and come home to the dark.  Add to that the ominous snow clouds that seem to be stopping by quite often these days, and you have a world of gray-white.  It's as if color and light are silenced for months.

The gray seems to not only cover the sky, but it also seems to set the mood everywhere you go.  Everyone is a bit more grumbly.  Tempers are shorter and patience seems hard to come by even though time is something we have a lot of in these cold days that keep us inside.  Though there's little to do, everyone is tired.  "How many more days of this?" friend complains to friend.  "Will this ever end?" neighbor asks neighbor.  "I'm tired of white and cold," the newscasters say to those announcing the latest weather updates.  Everyone is ready for a change.

Today, however, was different.

I had arrived at school in the gray-black morning hours.  As I began my day of working with readers, I realized I had left my clipboard in my car.  I decided to brave the cold and run out to my car to get it.  As I neared the door I realized something was different.  Something was very different.  When I walked into the glass entryway I was greeted by light.  I stepped outside into the cold morning air.  The salt crystals still peppered the sidewalk which had snow piled high on both sides.  As I looked up I stopped suddenly.   Could it be?  Light?  Not just any light, but bright sunshiny light.  If the snow wasn't on the ground, and I couldn't feel the cold seeping into my bones, I would have wondered if it were the summer sun as it shone from above bringing radiant sunshine to our world.

The snow reflected the light, making it more intense.  It seemed that all was right with the world.  The sun glistened.  The snow glittered.  They played together as they bounced beams of light across the world; changing it from blue-gray to dazzling blue.  The sun's rays reached through leafless branches, danced off the tops of cars, and found its way into classroom windows as I pulled myself back inside.

This evening as I ran errands, the sun followed me.  It cast shadows as I walked.  It peeked through glass as I went into buildings.  It pushed into my car and rode with me from stop to stop.  The world was brighter.  People smiled at one another.  No one seemed to mind waiting in lines at the grocery.  "It's a beautiful day," friend said to friend.  "I think warmer days are coming," neighbor said to neighbor.  "I enjoyed the blue skies today," the newscaster said to the weatherman as he gave his newest forecast.

There's something about a little light to help us to see all that is right in the world.  Happiness is found in a moment of sunshine.


  1. We have lots of gray days here in Idaho, too. To make it worse, I have no natural light in my classroom. Your post makes me think about Emily Dickinson: "There's a certain Slant of light, / Winter Afternoons –" Different meaning, for sure, but thoughts of Emily Dickinson are always a good thing, I think. :-)

  2. I was noticing when I picked my son up from archery this evening it was still light out. North East Indiana here. Spring will be here after tomorrow's ice storm. ;-)

  3. I loved this slice - tracking the day by the slope and light of the sun. I am glad that it's not pitch black when I set off for school any more. Spring can't be too far off, right?

  4. I loved this slice - tracking the day by the slope and light of the sun. I am glad that it's not pitch black when I set off for school any more. Spring can't be too far off, right?

  5. "Happiness is found in a moment of sunshine." And that's the truth! I have a slice of light to write this month. Light discovered in a dark museum on a cloudy day...can't wait to share it.

  6. Amen Sister! I love the progression from dark to light with weather but especially moods. The sun is rejuvenating. Great imagery.


  7. Heavenly sunshine!

    I love how you started and finished with the friends, neighbors and newscasters.

  8. Sunshine does bring happiness and your photo made me smile. One, your legs are so long - longer than in real life and two, you went to Target my favorite store.

  9. We usually don't have these extended gray days in Colorado- a day of clouds is followed by a day of sunshine. This year, though, has been different. We set a record for the amount of snow in February and have had weeks of gray. You have captured the look and feel of those gray-white days perfectly. We are projected for some sunshine this weekend and I can't wait!

  10. I remember those gray days... Here in the South we have had some of those days, but the sunshine prevails.

  11. Coming late to the party, but I also love the patterns here and the fact that "the salt peppered the sidewalk"! Love that twist!


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