Made for sunny days

I’ve long believed that the little things make all the difference.

For example, what would a parka be without the zipper? What would a bracelet be without the clasp? What would Thanksgiving be without the cranberry sauce? And what would Tokyo Disneyland be without the signature buckets of curry and soda popcorn? (This amusement park is a blog topic in and of itself, which I’ll save for a later post, but suffice it to say that Tokyo’s version trumps America’s as the happiest place on earth.)

Scientifically speaking, the sun is no small thing. It’s much larger than a zipper and more widely appreciated than cranberry sauce (I assume), but I think we rarely acknowledge how significantly the sun’s rays influence us. The weather is the very definition of “small talk,” is it not?

Well, I’m going to make a case for sunshine today. I think it deserves more credit.

I used to take sunny skies for granted, but after spending long summers under Tokyo’s hazy smog dome and doing a fair bit of research on vitamin D, that’s no longer the case. (If you’re not taking a vitamin D supplement, I highly recommend looking into it. Of course, check with your doctor first.)

I live for sunshine. I crave it. When I wake up to find light coming through the slats of my blinds, I bound out of bed. (OK. I’m exaggerating. I still have to peel myself away from the pillow, but light makes that process a whole lot easier.)

We’ve been experiencing quite a bit of inversion around here, and honey-hued skies have been scarce. I can’t count the number of times I’ve seen freeway signs warning of poor air quality and advising less driving.

Today, however, was free of fog. I decided to take a walk outside during my lunch break. The air was brisk, but when I looked up, I saw this beautiful scene.

It made me think of a song I heard recently by The Weepies. It’s called “I was Made for Sunny Days.”
Here’s the chorus:
I was made for sunny days
I made do with gray, but I didn’t stay
I was made for sunny days
And I was made for you
What little thing made a big difference for you today?