The Healing Power of the Sun

I was positively giddy when I woke today and heard the forcast. Oh, Sunshine! I’ve missed you so!! I confess. I was one of those teenage girls who sat in the sun, slathered with Hawaiian Tropic, roasting my skin to a crisp. Back then, I didn’t know any better. Now I do and I take much better care of my skin but even though I know the sun can be damaging, it can also be very healing.

Nineteen years ago, when my son was born he had a difficult entrance into the world. Luckily, after twelve nervous hours of labor he was born strong and healthy but he ended up with a lot of bruising on his face. Poor baby looked like the world’s youngest prize fighter! Newborns, I learned, can’t deal with the excess bilirubin that is released into the body when bruising begins to break down. It results in them becoming jaundice. So our little fighter spent an extra day in the nursery under some special lights and when we took him home they sent us with a portable version that wrapped around him. They also told us that during the day we should keep him near a sunny window because the sunlight would help him fight the jaundice as well. For the next week we moved his bassinet from one window to the next, letting the sun work it’s magic!

imageCats, as well, have always appreciated the power of the sun. Is there anything more content than a cat in a sun spot? I wish I could get that comfortable. Yesterday I found my 15 pound tabby, Jack wedged between the sofa and the end table because that was where the sun was! And, I’m a little embarrassed to admit this but I’ve been know to steal the best spots from the cats if I need a recharge myself. Even though I don’t  sunbathe like I used to, there are still days, especially this time of the year, when I need 10 minutes of warmth on my face.

I’ve always gravitated towards the sun, especially when I’m feeling low. Our house has tons of windows and my first task each morning is to throw open those drapes. Breathing seems easier and moods seem brighter the more sun there is. Do you agree? Welcome Day Light Savings time!! I feel better already.