Since noticing the return of direct sunlight, I have noticed how it has come just a little bit earlier each following day. How it lingers just a little longer before disappearing behind the ridge line once more. The way there's more and more of this part of the valley that receives the sun's warm life-giving glow. These tiny increments seem like such a huge thing here and now.
It really is kind of amazing. The tilt of the world upon its axis and the placement of a mountain peak means all the difference between light and shadow. A little bit of magic wrapped up in scientific fact.
In days like this and times like these do I realize what an effect the sun has. Although the outside air temperature is just a little below freezing, by virtue of the sunlight, it feels warmer. The house feels comfortable without the benefit of burning a fire or wearing a sweater. I find, in general, I just feel...glad. The sun, like hope, has returned to the world. The gray apathy of deep winter has lifted its pall.
It is amazing. A spot of real magic. Simply just amazing.