Tuesday, December 6, 2011
All Summer In A Day
Many of us who work office jobs this time of year can go days without seeing the sun. Especially if it's constantly overcast, as it's been here lately. It's pretty depressing. (I don't know how night-shift workers manage.) My sister and I often compare our situation to the Ray Bradbury short story "All Summer In a Day." As in, "We're on that planet where the sun comes out once every seven years." We both read this story, and saw the movie version, sometime in late elementary school or early middle school - and were both scarred for life. It's a brilliant story with excellent discussion points, but neither of us has ever gotten past the horror of only seeing the sun once every seven years. Or being kept from seeing it even then. I thought maybe we, as native Floridians and SAD sufferers, were oversensitive, but every time Debra mentions it to someone, they remember being upset by it too.
So readers: did you read or watch "All Summer In a Day" in school? Has it affected you long-term, or not? :)
By the way, I got a sun lamp last winter (on clearance at Walgreens) and it's really helped me! I keep it on my desk and turn it on for about an hour a day during the dark months. With the lamp, I feel perkier and sleep better. I also heard that the FDA just increased the "safe" dosage of Vitamin D, but I don't know the particulars yet.