by Chelsey Zumpano
(Picture credit goes to Chelsey Zumpano).
Twilight is one of my favorite book series, but it’s not my favorite time of day. It’s the safest time of day for our favorite sparkly vampires, but it’s the worsed time of day for my vision. It’s the time of day where the sky is a combination of purple and blue that makes the sky look like a bruise, when the last raies of the sun glint pink along the horizon. It’s then as Apollo drives his Sun Chariot one last time across the sky and his twin sister, (Artemis), prepares her Moon Chariot to replace her twin in the sky, that people start to look like silhouettes to me.
During twilight I can’t follow people, so I usually hold on to my mom’s shoulder or my sister’s arm, (just above her elbow). When we go into stores the lights are to bright at first and then my eyes adjust, but when we go outside my eyes take a long time to adjust to the dimness.
It would be better if it just skipped strate to night because my eyes try to focus on the blurry, indistinct people and objects. At night as Artemis begins her journey across the sky: there are no more deep shadows, no more straining my eyes, or hyperfocusing, (just the sky the darkest shade of blue and the street lights to light my way). The darkness is better because my eyes don’t have to constantly adjust to the changing light. The darkness is soft and not flitting from deeper and deeper purples and blues.
It hasn’t always been this way: when I was growing up twilight was just another time of day for me. After I had my eye surgery in seventh grade it changed. The first time it happend: it felt like a dream, like it wasn’t really happening to me, but at the same time the memory feels sharp and stuck in my brain. It was like everything went dim and fuzzy around the edges. It was tarifying, but my eye Doctor told me that this was my new normal and that reassured me. It was just something i’d have to adjust and get use to.
Over the years: I’ve gotten use to the new normal that twilight has become, but sometimes I still get hyper aware of it and that’s just my normal anxiety talking.
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