003 (2)This used to be sky above Germany, for about the last six weeks or so. Grey, grey, grey. Lots of rain. People undigging woolly sweaters from their wardrobes and wearing them when it got just too cold for cotton. I’m not kidding!

It’s only since last Sunday that the skies have cleared up and it’s nice and sunny. I can’t tell you how much I’d been missing the sunshine!

It’s probably human nature to long for what we don’t have right now: Some cool winds and rainshowers in a heat wave, and blue skies and warm sunshine during a cold spell. But the light – whenever there are weeks of cloudy skies, I become bad-tempered and moody. I believe it’s built inside us to long for sunny weather – even in winter, when it’s freezing outside, I delight in a clear sky. Blue is my favorite color, after all.

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This is today’s sky! What’s your attitude towards sunshine and blue skies?

– Rike Horstmann

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High school teacher. Soccer fan (Werder Bremen, yeah!). Knitter and book-binder. Devotee of mathematical puzzles. German.