Today is a special day in the Sunshine Project.
A little background – the project is set to run from December 21 to March 21. Today is January 21. So, I think you may see what I mean. We have four 21’s – the beginning one, and then three that mark the end of one-third of winter.
Yes, the first one-third has gone by already! So quickly, I thought. Time is really passing. When I mentioned the significance of today to my husband, he told me that I needed to find a clock for today’s sunshine.
So that’s how I ended up here at the traffic circle in the Keswick Village section of Glenside. This turnaround used to be a Y-shaped intersection of three roads and no one ever knew who was supposed to have the right of way. About 20 years ago, or maybe a little less, this circle was built. In the summer it is a beautiful sight – red roses blooming on the bushes planted all around the clock. Even in winter it’s pleasant.
I set the sunshine down on the clock’s base. As I did so I noticed a twist of wire already there. Intriguing, I thought. Did someone put it there on purpose? Did it fall off something? Did someone pick it up and set it down here just to get it out of the way? I considered taking it for the Claudia McGill Museum, my collection of metal things I pick up from the street, but I decided to let it be. So the sunshine had some company today.
I reflected a bit on the progress of the Sunshine Project so far. When I thought of it, I just wanted a way to count the days through winter. I figured I’d drop off a sunshine, snap a picture, and that would be it. But it has become more than that to me. It provides a framework and an activity for each day. I look forward to deciding where to place a sunshine. I enjoy actually doing it. And I really love the insights I get each day about the world around me. I can never predict what I will see or think about when I set the sunshine down. I just have to go there and do it and see what happens.
I decided to do one more activity for today. In honor of January 21, I bought a lottery ticket – 121. Well, I didn’t win anything, but I enjoyed trying my luck. What an interesting day already, I thought.
Happy Sunshine. Happy Sunshine. Happy Sunshine!
More about the Sunshine Project here, or search the category “Sunshine Project”.