According to the UsingEnglish.com Idiom Dictionary, a "day in the sun" means:
"If you have your day in the sun, you get attention and are appreciated."As for me, my day in the sun was kind of just like that--I got some attention, and was at least appreciated to a degree. Of course, my intention, was to bring some attention to a situation in need of repair, and in need of appreciation. That situation: the removal of Candus Thomson from the Outdoors Section of the Baltimore Sun, which I have written about a few times here in the past.
My "day in the sun?" Today! I was in the the Sun--the Baltimore Sun, in fact. They actually featured my "Readers Response" Letter on their Opinions page, both in print and online. That was good news, as there was a growing suspicion on the "Save the Outdoor Sun" Facebook Page that the head-honchos over at the Sun were conveniently ignoring this situation. When it posted last night about 5:30, it was actually the 3rd of 3 online all longing for the return of Candus...or at the very least, a more-than-once-weekly Outdoors column.
To celebrate my day in the Sun, read it here (at the Sun), or here below, reprinted verbatim. If you want to play the role of idiomatic activist too and are "chomping at the bit," wanting to "stir the pot" because the Sun's decision is "an accident waiting to happen".... then roll over to the Sun, "be a squeaky wheel," and make a comment--or send one of your own.
Thomson a Voice for Natural Resources in Md.5:30 p.m. EDT, August 15, 2011
I feel that you are making a grave error with your decision to cut the Outdoors Girl column from The Baltimore Sun. In an outdoor state such as Maryland, letting go of a community and statewide resource such as Candus Thomson is akin to obliterating a national treasure such as the Liberty Bell or vandalizing the Washington Monument. Those national icons are symbols of our country. For Maryland, a state rich with its outdoor opportunities, the knowledge that Candus Thomson holds and shares daily with outdoor enthusiasts in the state is equally to be treasured.
As an elementary teacher, I have seen far too many times the effects of "Nature Deficit Disorder" on children (and adults alike), where they are too "plugged in" to get out and enjoy the bounty that surrounds them outside. This is evident with our nation of growing waistlines as well. We need an enthusiastic voice, one voice, to invite us outdoors and show us the amazing natural resources that we have around us. Candus Thomson, and her years of experience, do this.
Vicki Dabrowka, Pasadena
The writer, an environmental educator and author, is creator of "Green Team Gazette" and a member of the Maryland Association of Environmental and Outdoor Educators. She teaches at Eagle Cove School, a Maryland "Green" School in Pasadena.
Images from: Baltimore Sun: http://articles.baltimoresun.com/2011-05-17/entertainment/bal-happy-birthday-baltimore-sun-20110516_1_baltimore-sun-maryland-readers-online-today. Sun clip art: http://www.free-clipart-pictures.net/sun_clipart.html