Hopefully you’ll have a chance to read this on the day that it’s published. After all, it’s the longest day of the year.
Having said that, I guess it would be understandable if it was later in the weekend before you get to it.
You could have extra things you’re trying to pack in on this longest day of the year.
OK — I know — today is 24-hours long, just like yesterday and tomorrow, and all the tomorrows to follow.
But it is the longest day for daylight.
Today is the summer solstice. The official first day of summer and the day where the earth is tilted at just the right angle giving up the longest stretch of time between sun up and sun down.
Or at least that has to be somewhat close to the scientific explanation of what’s going on. That’s about as scientific as I get.
I guess we are lucky this year that the longest day hits on a Friday. If you’re an “early-to-bed” kind of person and you’ve noticed lately how light it is when you call it a bed, at least tonight you might be able to stay up all the way until dark.
For most people, the “longest day” is not a big deal beyond a quick “fun fact to know and tell” you can drop into conversations. At least when you Google “the longest day,” the vast majority of suggested links have to do with the 1962 epic movie depicting D-Day in World War II.
So, for some, the longest day will always be June 6, rather than the summer solstice day.
The Alzheimer’s Association does use the longest day each year to bring attention to their cause.
They encourage events across the country to raise funds to fight that dreaded disease.
They want to use the extra daylight of the day to fight the darkness of Alzheimer’s.
And I had one local worker say, too, that it draws to mind the extra turmoil someone with Alzheimer’s faces each day.
So, while celebrating the longest day, keep those people in mind, too.
If you are more in the party mode, we have already missed one of the big ones.
The summer solstice day is always a big one at Stonehenge in England.
Legend has it that one of the possible uses for the big pile of stones was to know when the solstice hits, as some of the stones are placed in such as way that the solstice sun rise hits an altar stone.
Sounds like enough of a reason for a party to me, and they do gather and party.
With the time difference between here and England, they may have wrapped things up by the time you read this.
I hope this wasn’t the year that the aliens that built Stonehenge come back to earth to claim it as their own.
I haven’t noticed any “longest day” sales flyers in the paper this week, so I guess it hasn’t captured the imagination of the retail world all that much.
Google also tells me there’s a casino and resort in Idaho that will give you special pricing for its golf course today.
And, hey, unlike Stonehenge, they’re an hour behind us so we could still make it.
Of course, you’ll have to be the person who knows someone with a private jet we could use.
My circle of friends misses that characteristic.
So, what are we in for?
Well, according to sunrisesunset.com (yes, there’s really a web site called that), sunrise today in Hastings is 6:03 a.m., sunset is 9:08 p.m.
That’s 15 hours and five minutes of sun time. Add in dawn and dusk, and around two-thirds of the day will have daylight.
As if that’s not exciting enough, it’s just going to keep getting better.
According to vox.com, using more science that goes over my head, our actually days would be gradually getting longer.
Just imagine, tens of thousands of years in the future, our 24-hour day could be 24 hours and one minute.
The longest day will just keep getting longer.
I hope that doesn’t mean they have to remake the movie. It wouldn’t be the same without John Wayne.