This time of year, where I live, the days get far shorter and the sun sets early, casting darkness upon us before we’re quite ready. Thankfully lighting a candle transforms the darkness into a lovely and cozy atmosphere. So, I adore this time of year for the light that comes after dark. Last night, however, I spent a good portion of the evening in darkness while wandering through a couple of haunted houses with a friend and we had a blast! As suspected, I was only startled on several occasions, and spent most of the trip giggling and helping my friend up off the floor when required. I loved the imagination and artistry that went into all of the various rooms and locations we explored. At one point we were even given 3D glasses and had to wander our way through a wild neon colored environment of abstract designs and, yeah, a couple of large monsters. I was so fascinated that I completely forgot to be terrified. It was fun to explore the weird worlds that the artists created even in a place hellbent on scaring people. But, I have to admit, returning home was equally wonderful. Even if I’m not scared of the dark, it’s always nice to have a bit of light to enjoy.
In truth, it felt rare and wonderful to actually be out in the world on a Friday night. Something that happened a lot when I was younger, but these days, it’s an incredibly rare occurrence. The weather was cool, with just a few spidery clouds in the sky, and even the moon was bright and full as though it had dressed for the occasion. For just a moment, I was transported back in time, to my far younger self who had enjoyed these same haunted houses that have been around for over 25 years or more. Though I often talk about feeling like a kid again, sometimes it’s even better to just go ahead and actually be a kid again. It’s fun to do things that we’ve perfectly grown out of and experience them again. And while my child inside can appreciate a bit of spooky fun, there are other things that only my adult side can appreciate fully. Like the glow of a candle and the memories that it brings back to me. Those moments with someone special, spent with just a flickering glow that elevates every emotion in the room. A tiny spot of light that somehow manages to feel like a spotlight on our hearts. Those special moments are beautiful to remember and experience again today.
So, tonight, as the sun begins to set while I’m typing this, I’m going to light a candle as Philippe and I enjoy dinner while listening to a bit of music. Nothing crazy or anything that involves the world outside, but just the lovely comfort of being at home. These are the nights that I cherish. They’re so ridiculously simple that they almost become complex in their intensity. Without a hundred distractions rushing by, each little thing is amplified and made special. That moment of pause is so wonderful and rejuvenating. I adore the weekends for the chance to reset and rewind a bit before starting a brand new work week. Some may enjoy weekends that are packed with various activities, but for me, the quietest moments are often the best. It’s amazing to just be with the person you love most, doing nothing much at all. It’s a beautiful way to spend time together. Time that slows down a bit so that you actually have the opportunity to enjoy it properly. A magical moment that can happen simply by striking a match, sitting back, and pausing to enjoy an evening by candlelight.
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