Saturday, November 12

Get Your Hoe Ready!

After a full week, no one in our home has adjusted to the time change. The little man is waking up at 5am, announcing loudly from his room "I am awake!" and expected us all to come running and celebrate the fact. The baby is up at all hours regardless of the time, so that is nothing new but we are still trying to get her on a sleep schedule with no success.

I found myself doing dishes at 5:30 am last week, staring out the kitchen window into pre-dawn darkness. I want to eat lunch at what is now 10:30am and I have been falling into bed at what is now 8:00pm.

I don;t remember ever having this much trouble adjusting to the time change.

I find myself asking if it is really necessary and an internet search on the subject turned up many reasons why we adjust our clocks twice a year. Everything from farming to energy conservation to the planning of outdoor activities. Basically, the practice of temporarily advancing clocks during the summertime so that afternoons have more daylight and mornings have less, and then switching back in the fall, doesn't do much except mess with peoples schedules.

Starting on 30 April 1916, Germany and its World War I allies were the first to use daylight saving time as a way to conserve coal during wartime. Britain, most of its allies, and many European neutrals soon followed suit.

It made sense to people since less electricity was thought to be used because people are home fewer hours during the "longer" days of spring and summer. Most people plan outdoor activities in the extra daylight hours. When people are not at home, they don't turn on the appliances and lights. Saving resources is a good enough reason to do just about anything but does it really apply in our modern world where people are going, to some extent, 24/7? Consider the energy savings - in the summer, it is lighter later into the evening so we are outside longer and the lights stay off longer, which is a good thing. However, when we are up before the sun in the winter, we are turning on those lights earlier than we would normally, so the two mostly cancel each other out, making the savings minimal.

Look at this map of who observes the time change and who does not. Why make things more confusing?

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