Monday, May 12, 2008

Oh happy day, it's cloudy and raining.

Not being sarcastic. It's dreary and rainy. By noon, two friends had already called to say hooray for me. They weren't being sarcastic either. They know I have summer seasonal affective disorder and that today's present darkness means I'm destined for cheerful productivity.

My tolerance for everything shortens as days get longer and the quality of sunlight becomes more insistent. Too much sunshine makes me tired, slightly nauseated, and bummed. I have to nap. I have to wait until early evening to putter around in my garden.

Years ago, I finally coated the windows of my home office and the deck slider doors with dark gray film. My deck furniture currently consists of a weathered wooden love seat. On it is a statue of the BVM embraced by tendrils of honeysuckle. Honeysuckle smells great at night and Mary by moonlight is a transcendent experience.

Come July, I’m usually very cranky because in addition to tolerating so much sunshine, I've had to endure endless jokes about vampires. I experience these as quite uncharitable, especially when coming from other Catholics. Don’t we get enough of these from folks who think transubstantiation is weird?


  1. I've never heard of having problems with too much sun. I have the more common problem of getting blue during the dreary days of winter. I'm glad you have found ways to modify your environment and keep on going.

    I hope you have a great day today!

  2. Nice to see you, DB!

    Yeah, well, turns out that although I'm unique I'm not alone in this counterintuitive oddness. Yesterday was bright and sunny. Everyone else was happy. Go figure.

  3. Hi Meredith,

    I have a Summer SAD website you might want to check out --it's hopefully going to be improved soon, but it's a start!

    I'd like to put a link to your blog on my site.


    Los Angeles

  4. Great to hear from you, Saskia. I'm going to put on sunglasses and visit your site. Feel free to link to mine. Summer SAD in LA? That's brutal!

  5. Count me in as another person who hates summer -- the heat, the light, the glare. Especially the heat! I have had the misfortune to live in the San Fernando Valley for 20 years -- and for 8 of them I didn't have air conditioning! Now I live in another equally hot part of Southern California next door to my mom who gets perkier and more active as the weather gets hotter and hotter. She can't understand why I can't accomplish anything until the weather turns cloudy or cool.

  6. It's true...misery does love company!
    We've just had a week of gloom and rain in NJ and I have been mongo productive as a result!


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