This is the way things should be. I am an unabashed fan of Daylight Savings Time!
I lived for many, many years under what we affectionately knew as Indiana Stagnant Time. Indiana is at the far western edge of the Eastern time zone, or the far eastern edge of the Central time zone … take your pick. It subscribed to the Eastern Standard Time clock … and it never changed.
That meant that, during the winter, we watched television on the Eastern time zone schedule … and during the summer, we got the Central time listings. It might sound confusing, but really, it wasn’t so bad. The summer days extended well into the evening, and winter days were taken up with school, so we didn’t much care.
So I didn’t experience the switch to Daylight Savings Time until I moved to California at age 25.
I’ve never liked it.
Actually, what I don’t like Standard time, or what was referred to in Indiana as “slow time.”
So last night’s switch back to Daylight Saving’s Time brings life back to its intended rhythm, at least as far as I’m concerned. And extra hour to enjoy the daylight at the end of the day … an extra hour to fire up the grill, I know technically we lost an hour by setting the clocks forward, but it seems like there’s another hour to play with … since that morning hour is taken up with work.
I know a lot of people complain about the “loss” of an hour, but if you think about it, that’s just about the clocks. There aren’t any more or less hours in the day, it’s just about how we count it. And I’m a big fan of counting them so that the daylight lasts further into the evening.
It also means that winter is just about done. While those in northern climes think we’re wimps, this winter has been particularly cold and long by Florida standards, and I’ll be pleased this winter left astern.
Celestial spring … that day when there are 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of dark, is just 7 days away. And from there … it just gets better.
So, along with the budding azaleas and the return of the ice cream truck and its insipid midi file wafting across the neighborhood … the return to Daylight Savings Time is a sure sign of spring.
On the downside, there will soon be grass to mow.