Sunshine and What a Difference a Day Makes

“Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy
Sunshine in my eyes can make me cry
Sunshine on the water looks so lovely
Sunshine almost always makes me high

If I had a day that I could give you
I’d give to you the day just like today
If I had a song that I could sing for you
I’d sing a song to make you feel this way..”
John Denver, American singer/songwriter and activist.  1943 -1997

Another lovely day here I awoke to brilliant sunshine.  Blue skies and no wind.  Amazing in Windy Wellington.  And what a difference a day makes.  Yesterday was sombre, unhappy day, bringing back all the memories of my husband’s funeral.   Today my mood is so different  and it is certainly helped by the sunshine.  Unfortunately, it will be some time before my friend’s mood lifts.  But we will all be there for her until it does.

I have been out to brunch with a friend and the young were out and about in summer clothes.  I don’t know about where you live but the young here in New Zealand just love the sun on their bodies and strip off at the slightest provocation.  Not warm enough for that yet in my opinion but everybody I met had a smile to share and really appeared happy.  Maybe, like me, they thought this was a harbinger of spring.

I am not so foolish as to believe everybody is feeling so lighthearted today.  Of course there are those grieving for loved ones lost or sick, and for themselves too if they are sick.

But it really is amazing how sunshine can really lift one above the misery and convince one that the world is good.  There are good people out there and there is always another opportunity,  If health or sickness is on your mind today, tomorrow may well be better for you,  And who knows that elusive cure may be just around the corner.

Today I would particularly like to say to those who responded to my blogs about a friend’s death and the funeral, thank you, thank you.  I am overcome at the goodwill that exists among our blogging friends and to all of you I offer

If I had a day that I could give you,
I’d give to you the day just like today”

Sunshine certainly makes me high.  How about you?

And here is my personal rainbow to spread happiness to you all.


My rainbow

What a difference a day makes
There’s a rainbow before me

As sung by Aretha Franklyn

As you can tell from this post, Pollyanna is alive and well in this house.


22 responses to “Sunshine and What a Difference a Day Makes

  1. Thanks for the rainbow! Another beautiful day here and I was so full of energy I even did some gardening!


  2. Thank you for ‘your’ rainbow, Judith, and for sending us in the Northern Hemisphere some of your New Zealand sunshine today, on a gray, autumnal day in Paris. So glad the rays of light are lifting your mood. Kay


  3. Love rainbows – and the lyrics are perfect. If only we could give a day or if only I could sing…..


  4. I admire your optimism . I don’t have any. USA in serious decline and many parts at third world levels. Middle class evaporating as is standard of living. Immigrants used to be a source of revitalization but now a drain on everything.


    • Oh Carl, I am sad for you that you are without optimism. Even in our darkest days there are things to look forward to, even if it only thinking up new ideas for your fantastic cartoons.


  5. Sunny days make me smile too . . . that’s why I moved to Florida! 😎


  6. jacquelincangro

    We don’t have much sunshine here today…there is a hurricane about to make landfall in just a few hours. We’ve stocked up, battened down the hatches and now we wait. But I remember that Annie sang, “The sun will come out tomorrow…” 🙂 Yes it will.
    My condolences to your friend. I know that she is in good stead with friends like you to help her.


  7. Oh, that’s a double rainbow!!
    I think you’ve moved on from the funeral. It’s done. You’re friend will grieve in her own way, you’re done with your memories, and now that the sun is out and it’s all over with, time to enjoy life! Yes, the sun does make everything happier. It also has Vitamin D, the happy vitamin! So make sure you get plenty of it! You’re spring is turning our summer into fall here in the states. Labor Day will soon be here and the children will have all gone back to school. And the leaves will turn. And winter will come. Now I’m depressed. Just kidding….well sort of.


    • S[ring officially starts on September 1 so its not far away. Enjoy fall and with it the sound of children scuffing their feet through the fallen leaves. Fall is a kind of gentle lead in to winter preparing us for the long days ahead.
      Remember what Percy Byshe Shelley said – If winter comes can spring be far behind?
      Thank you for your comment.


  8. Enjoy your sunshine!


  9. Rainbows and serenades by John Denver … is there anything better? I am happy the sun came out for you today, Judith. May it continue to shine.


  10. I, too, like your optimism. I live in a place that gets waaaay too many days of sunshine, so I actually perk up on the cloudy days. Love the picture of the rainbow, by the way – absolutely beautiful.


  11. TY for sharing some cheer and the rainbow. I’m all for Pollyanna days! We all could use some cheer as we get pummeled by the rains here in NY… Send more sun Judith! TY! 🙂


    • Hi Elizabeth. I do hope you are all safe and well after the hurricane. Possessions can be replaced, roads and houses rebuilt but people are the most precious things in our lives.


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