Move to Sweden and you will find that, contrary to what you may have been taught, the difference between animal and vegetable is frighteningly narrow. Swedes are like some vast bouquet of heliotrope, twisting and turning their faces into the sun whenever it appears, stopping in the middle of the sidewalk to do so sometimes. Even sleep is affected by the sun, which pries its way into the apartment with sharp fingers, waking me up so that I think it's surely 8 a.m. as I stumble to the refrigerator for water, only to see that the kitchen clock says it's only 4:30 a.m.
The sun rules my life.
I am a plant.
I am one with the earth.
I need to buy some seriously thick and dark curtains because the Venetian blinds just aren't up to the job.
The Swedish word for the day is stråle. It means ray.
- by Francis S.