Today is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere; the longest day of the year. At our latitude it starts getting dark around 10PM and gets light again at 4:30AM.

Growing up in Sechelt on the beautiful Sunshine Coast, we had a family friend with an ironic sense of humor. Whenever anyone wished Eddie a happy solstice or commented on it being the first day of summer, he’d solemnly lament, “Well, it’s all downhill from here.”

Technically, the days do start getting shorter from now on, but this is beside the point (we have more daylight than we know what to do with and in the next few weeks we start to enjoy the best few months of weather all year). I now enjoy saying this too, and never tire of the exasperation from those on whom the irony is lost.