As of this moment I am literally caught between two times. The clock in the lower right corner of my computer screen reads 7:52 AM, but the time on my cell phone, which is to my left, reads 6:52. Yes, the time has come to spring forward. For people who grow crops, this is supposedly a good thing. For households with growing children, this is not such a good thing.
Of course, losing an hour of sleep is probably not such a good thing for anyone, but little ones are especially sensitive to the change. That doesn’t make Mama happy. And you know how the saying goes — When Mama ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.
I’m not really sure why we continue to hold on to this confusing tradition. I understand that some states don’t participate. That must be even more confusing for residents of those areas who need to do business out of state. I can just imagine someone in Arizona needing to call New York:
“How many hours difference is it?”
“Two, no three. Have they set their clocks ahead yet?”
“I don’t know, but I have to call before 4 PM Eastern so I don’t get a late charge on my credit card.”
I’m sure the majority of Americans have their own story about how they forgot to set their clocks ahead and ended up being an hour late somewhere. (Or in the fall, an hour early.) For that reason, I am glad my first grader does not have to go to school tomorrow morning. (For us, springing forward coincides with her Spring Break.) However, there will still be the bedtime battle.
In our house, the kids are in bed before 9 PM. The younger one goes down at 8, and the older one at 8:30. So that means tonight I will be putting the little one down at what would have been 7, and her sister will be sent to bed at what would be 7:30. Their internal clocks do not automatically spring forward, so there will likely be a fight. Then, when I go to bed, my insomnia gets to kick in a whole hour early.
Nobody’s going to be happy today (or tomorrow for that matter).
I suppose all of this could be justified if I started a garden. Then, the extra hour of sunlight would be beneficial. (Or so we’re told). But do farmers actually pay attention to daylight savings time? I don’t know any farmers, so I don’t have an answer to that question. My impression, however, is that they operate by the sun regardless of what the clock says.
Time as we understand it seems to be an invention of man anyway, so it’s all arbitrary. It doesn’t really matter what my clock says now. There is a small voice calling in the other room, and it belongs to someone who can’t tell time.