Pharrell Williams – Happy
It might seem crazy what I’m ’bout to say
Sunshine she’s here, you can take a break
Happy Daylight Saving Time! This is my absolutely most favorite day of the year! More than Thanksgiving. More than Christmas. From the day we have to set the clocks back in the fall until today, I am a grumpy, despondent person. Now, I can breathe again. I am a room without a roof and I can see the freaking sun still there in the sky!!
I know a lot of people hate switching their clocks. I get it. But you’ve been led astray. The problem isn’t DST, it’s standard time. What you hate is that slightly jet laggy feeling some people have for a day or two. Do you hate that it’s still light out when you get home from work? Probably not. You see, if we never switched the clocks back in the fall in the first place, we would have had all of this daylight, all of this time! We wouldn’t have had to suffer in darkness all of these months. Yeah, it’s dark in the morning but in the depths of winter, it doesn’t matter. There’s no consolation that the sun comes up at 5 a.m. instead of 6 a.m. because you’re asleep either way (or, if you’re not, what are you doing waking up that early?). But the fact that sunset would be at 5:30 instead of 4:30? Huge. That’s huge!
Yes, I’m not a morning person and I work in a windowless office, I hate winter with every fiber of my being and all of the darkness. Today marks winter’s death knell. The bell tolls for you, winter, get your sorry, frozen ass out of here! We are ready for warmer, longer days.
And don’t even start about your hour of sleep. Please. If you really can’t handle a simple hour, then please go to bed an hour earlier the night before. Or try this. Don’t move the clocks forward when you go to bed, wait and do it when you wake up. You woke up at 7 a.m. this morning? No! You actually slept in until 8 a.m.! See how that works?! It’s all good.
Why do we keep these stupid farmer’s hours anyway? We are no longer an agrarian nation. Why on earth does the bus for the high school kids roll past my house at 6:30 a.m.? That’s barbaric. We do not need to wake up in the wee hours of the morning to get the milking done before the poor cows are ready to burst. I have been informed by my children that their friends eat dinner at the geriatric hour of 5:30 p.m. and they all think our dinner time of 6:30 (ok, sometimes it’s more like 7, or 7:30) is very late. It’s called continental. Or urban. You would never catch anyone in New York City eating dinner at 5:30.
So please, don’t hate Daylight Saving Time because it’s beautiful, love it for the extra daylight it just gave you. Love the beginning of the end of winter.
You won’t hear any complaints from me about DST! Though the other time doesn’t bother me so much either. The fact that we are getting more snow tonight? Yeah, that bothers me.
Yeah, I hear you. After I gloated so publicly about my love for DST and how winter is on the way out, I got my comeuppance Monday morning when I woke up to snow. More forecasted for Thursday.
I left you a nice long comment via my phone yesterday and then when I tried to log in to my word press account to submit it, I lost the whole dang thing! Argh! I hate commenting on my phone. So here I am again today to do it properly. 😉 I am all in with you on the DST thing! I have never ever been a morning person and though it’s a little tougher getting up in the dark now, I’d much rather have more daylight later on and it’s so much better for the kids too. We aren’t motivated enough to change the clocks on Saturday night – we always sleep in and change them on Sunday like you mentioned. Here’s to the eventual arrival of Spring and to sunlight and to Pharrell Williams’ stellar song!
Haha! Now I just lost my reply to you! It’s a curse! Winter’s curse!
Today was so gorgeous, 60 and sunny, a literal breath of fresh air. Snow and below freezing temps are forecast for later in the week but no one took today for granted!
The US and Europe don’t keep the same clock-changing schedule, so for three weeks we’re still on “old” time over here in Sweden. So for these three weeks that we’re out of sync I mostly notice it when I have international calls and everyone has to think twice about everyone else’s time zones.
But I’m totally with you once the change is made – more sunshine during the hours I’m actually awake to enjoy them is how it should be all year long!
Yes! A friend pointed out that we are actually on DST for more of the year than we are Standard Time. It’s only Nov-Feb now, and those four months are the worst. We should rename it. Daylight Saving Time should be Normal Time and the current Standard Time should be called Daylight Losing Time. That would help with the false perception people have that setting the clocks back is the better deal in this whole thing.
Or, we could just do away with setting the clocks back altogether and stay on Summertime (as it’s called over where you are) FOREVER!!!
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