Sunday, March 10, 2013

Winter Forward

“What’s wrong with you? It’s easy to understand!”
“Shut-up! I still don’t get it. If we loose an hour, why is the clock ahead?”
“Well its because that hour disappeared last night. At two o’clock when you were sleeping. Gosh.”
“I still don’t get it! You said we spring forward.”
“Well we do! But you get the hour back in the fall. That’s why it’s fall backward. Duh.”
“No, you shuddup”
“Well, it's stupid. And it’s not even spring forward ‘cause it’s still winter.”
“Well, so what if it is. It’s stupid to say ‘winter forward.’”
“But why Sunday? Why do we loose an hour on Sunday? That’s so not fair. They should do it when we are in school.”
“Yeah! That would be totally better. They could set the clock ahead at 2 o’oclock tomorrow afternoon then we could just go home.”
“Told you!”

Often the genius of a 10-year-old and 7-year-old isn’t immediately obvious. Often, like tonight, it sneaks up from seemingly nowhere. What I thought would deteriorate into a shouting match at the dinner table became a revelation. Of course! Daylight Savings Time should begin in the middle of the day on a Monday. It is 'so not fair' to loose that precious hour on Sunday, our alleged and former day of rest. Shifting it to the next Monday makes so much more sense.

I’m sure plenty of economists and politicians and business people can give good reasons for why a midday clock shift is impractical, but I say, let’s take the lead from our children! After all, the future resides with them, not us.

There has been some noise in the media of late regarding Daylight Savings Time. I have not really paid attention and have not done the research, but that won't stop me from having an opinion! The original notion that it saved energy, I believe, is no longer as relevant nor obvious. It is good for retailers and sports, apparently. But it messes up our sleep for a couple days as we adjust.  And tonight two boys I know will not be ready to go to sleep when they should and will be tired tomorrow. I don't need that.

Personally, I don’t have a strong opinion. I really don’t like losing the hour we lost today but I’m already planning how I’ll use the extra hour I get in November. I like falling back.

So, when I’m polled, I’ll tell them Daylight Savings time should stay and it should begin on a Monday. At about 2pm. During school. Just ask my 10 and 7 year olds for details.

Update: Rather than get the extra hour on November 3rd, the 10 and 7 year old decided it would be better to do it on October 31. At 7pm. Right in the middle of Trick-or-Treating! Yeah! That would be awesome!

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